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School attendance: Worth the effort?Posted Tuesday, February 3, 2009, at 2:22 PM
In the sense of what an good education can do for students now and in the future, of course going to school is worth the effort.
But Unicoi County High, in Erwin (upper east Tennessee), is paying a $300 prize each month to a student, presumably picked at random, for showing up for class on time.
I'm for being good to students, but paying them for being punctual is a little ridiculous.
They'll learn quickly enough that in the adult world, if you don't come to work on time, you'll probably lose your job.
Rewards to students should maybe be performance-based, on effort if not on actual grades.
When I was in high school Stewart-Potts Ford (remember them?) gave the senior with the best grades over a six-weeks grading period the use of a new Mustang for the following six weeks. I guess insurance rates and fear of lawsuits would prevent that today, but it was a good idea at the time.
If we're talking relatively large sums of money, something like use of a car makes more sense than Unicoi County's idea.
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