Paying students for attendance and grades raises educators’ hackles, but David Harsanyi, a Denver Post columnist, is willing to try anything to keep low-income kids in school.
Are we more concerned with outcome or process? What if students lack “intrinsic motivation”? Isn’t the most important thing keeping them in school? Perhaps a love of learning will kick in later. Isn’t it at least worth a small-scale experiment to see?
We can’t blame teachers all the time. They can only be engaging to a point. Siegfried and Roy couldn’t have made my algebra class fascinating.
Fifty bucks, though …
He’s got more on his blog.