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Students being paid to go to school: right or wrong?
Posted 3/22/09 , edited 3/25/09
When you’ve lived in the D.C. area for as long as I have, it’s a normal thing to see students skipping school (and no, the police don’t do anything). Looking at an article in the Washington Post, it was evident that if people have to start paying kids to go to school, something must be wrong. These children earn up to $100 every two weeks. Citywide, 3,300 students from 15 schools are participating in the program, being paid based on behavior, attendance and three other criteria. But it’s not only D.C., New York and Chicago are doing similar programs as well. Since October, $1.3 million has been distributed, with the average student earning $406 out of a possible $1,000.

But you know how kids are, not all of them earn $100 on their checks. Some become disappointed and rip them up; sometimes even stealing other’s checks from lockers and book bags. There was even an incident where students discharged fire extinguishers, causing an evacuation just so they could rifle through other’s belongings for their money.

“What happens when the money dries up?” I read someone say in the article. Well you can’t keep paying them forever, eventually there will be no money to give and kids will just go back to what they usually did in the first place: skipping school and doing God knows what. Turns out it’s this program called Capital Gains. It aims to motivate middle-grade students with the same enticement that compels adults: money. Eventually, researchers will evaluate whether the enticement works. Until then, the best gauge might be the reaction of students on payday.

I’m being homeschooled, so I could care less about what happens to the public educational system, but in my opinion, I think it’s sad. School is something kids are supposed to do. If they choose not to go they’re messing up their own future. Sure I can understand there might be some hidden reasons of why they don't go: bullies, gangs, family ect. but paying them? Come on now...in a way it is kinda cool.

So, what do you think? Should students really be paid to go to school?

This article was written by Theresa Vargas, a Washing Post Staff Writer.

By the way, I don' t know about where you live, but when a child turns 16 in D.C., they aren't entitled to go to school anymore. So that's another thing.
Posted 3/22/09
No.

If middle and high schoolers can choose not to attend school, then the fault is on the parent/guardian. Whatever the circumstances may be, the guardian has a responsibility to make sure their child(s) is in school.

And the government is also at fault for supporting such ignorance. Then again, I'm not surprised.
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I'd love that,but as im at school im pretty biased for it.Also school here is expensive ,my books alone cost over 300euros,and i need to buy a whole new set next year,another 300.My uniform cost 200 euro and my compulsurary tracksuit cost 200 as well.Add in all the other costs and extras and it really is a massive amount,espwcially considering i have 2 younger siblings needing the same too.Being paid would help with all these shool costs.
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Posted 3/22/09
I used to live in the DC area too and its a shame what is going on Students should not be paid to go to school because 1. It rewards bad behavior (those who skip and are now being paid to stay). 2. The cost is reciprocated to the taxpayers (after all, our taxes fund the public schooling system). and 3. It diminishes the crime of truancy. Instead of paying kids to stay in school, they should enforce the truancy laws and force kids to stay in school and receive an education like everyone else.
Posted 3/22/09
Make school more interesting.
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Yes, it is fine.
School is put up as the "you get and amazing future" for only 1000's of hours, that you spend there. Well that is usually not true, and kids know that. Time is not something that can be replaced, and for many it is just wasted hours when you could be doing something you enjoi, well money can make it easier for you to do things you enjoy.

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Posted 3/22/09
[email protected] sucking face. If anyone has seen idiocracy, i believe it's very likely this might happen haha.
Posted 3/22/09
I used to go to school everyday with $1 on my pocket. You don't see me making a thread about it.

The topic you trying to share with us... to me, it's "wow, what kind of privilege is that? I couldn't even afford a satisfying lunch or a lunch at all, now, I'm reading an article like this. wow. I surely want to flying kick the ones who get free money just to get to school."
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Stop the capslock, people are reporting it left and right.
Posted 3/22/09
I say no without reading even. We shouldn't be paid for the learning that will earn our money in the future. It seems kind of silly, like it won't teach us anything. Learning is a different kind of work to an actual paid job, and the benefits should be the fact we've learnt something and can now get that job - not money.
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I feel like it's a waste of money. We shouldn't be motivating kids with money, but by showing them all of the opportunities that comes with having a decent education. Maybe if they were less pressured to do so well in school, they wouldn't be so reluctant to go. We shouldn't be pressuring them to do a bunch of tedious work for 12 years so that they can be prepared to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to do more tedious and stressful work for 4 more years. We should be trying to show kids how they can make a living by doing things that they enjoy doing. I feel like we shouldn't constantly stress the importance of college so much, since a higher education isn't for everyone, and there are plenty of other (legal) ways to make a decent living without having to go to college, and we should make people more aware of those opportunities.

Most importantly, parents should teach their kids the importance of having an education starting at a very young age. And they shouldn't be taught that college is the only way, but that it is an option.
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Posted 3/22/09
I wouldn't mind it, it would have helped with my tuition costs next year. If it had started when I was in elementary school, my tuition for at least my first year and part of my second year would be paid for already.

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Posted 3/22/09
it's cool i wanna be paid to lol kidding
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why bother paying the morons to go to school when we can spend more money on the school itself to make school better. chicago paying students? hmm, and here i though they just closed down like a dozen of schools... also, i didnt receive any payment...

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