There’s another article in the NY Times today about the plan to give material rewards to students who get good grades in school (in this case, cell phones, which is something that children, apparently, highly desire).
What I don’t get are the negative comments, like this one:
[H]ow do you expect our students to be intrinsically motivated when they are receiving rewards for doing well? This is not the way to motivate our future!
It just seems so obvious to me that children from lower class families don’t see good grades in schools as something that’s very valued, and this will lead to changing that.
Every employer understands this. That’s why they motivate employees with paychecks, and bonuses and raises if they perform well. And that’s the kids’ future (hopefully). They will get a job after school where they get rewarded with money.
The person who wrote the comment above must be a liberal. Only liberals don’t understand the concept that people respond to incentives. That's why I always vote against liberals.