Should School Districts Pay Students For Good Grades?
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1. Teaches kids the basics of life - Just like working for a company in the real world, a kid should be rewarded for doing well in school. Getting money is a big priority in any person's life, so why not use it to our advantage. By teaching kids that work equals money, they are getting prepared for the rest of their life. Just because a kid doesn't need to money to live, doesn't mean that he won't be motivated to do well in school for a few dollars. Kids will also now stop asking parents for money. A kid will start to learn how to buy things on his own. Do you really think a kid will "save" money his parents give to him? NO, because it's not his money. But, if he earned the money himself, the kid will start to think about what he did to get the money when he goes to buy chocolate. This though is what will prepare kids for any real life situation.
2. It is a Win - Win - Win - It is obvious that if we offer money to any kid who get's A's, more kids will get A's. Therefor, we are having smarter kids. Smarter Kids = Smarter Population etc. The kids are winning aswell because they are getting money AND a good education. The teachers are winning because they are having less struggle now that kids are doing the work. School Districts are winning because they will get higher test scores. The only thing lost is a tiny peice of paper being given to a kid. The kid will go and buy candy, which helps an economy's money flow. So, it is a win for the economy. That dollar bill will not end upp collecting dust in somebodies bank account, killing the cashflow.
3. KIDS LOVE FEELING RICH - Any $$$ given to a kid, makes him feel better. Boosting self asteam is a plus in any school. Imagen a school of kids who won $15 because of their grades versus a school of kids who are failing with $0. Exactly my point!
Sidenote: To avoid kids spending the money on drugs and such, make it so the money goes to the kids college fund. This makes is easier on the parents too. The kids will appreciate it later!
1) Life lessons
"a kid should be rewarded for doing well in school"
They already are in terms of a high GPA, great grades, a very high chance of getting into college, probably respect from his/her peers, etc. Its not like kids dont get any benefits from doing well in school, they benefit greatly from it in a multitude of ways. Why pay them a reward for doing well in school when they ALREADY are getting rewards for doing well in school?
"By teaching kids that work equals money, they are getting prepared for the rest of their life"
There are times when efforts should be rewarded with money and other times when it should not. Kids should not have to charge their parents for taking out the trash for them, or doing the dishes for them, or doing any chore for them and demand cash for it. If we teach kids that ALL work equals money then they wont do a thing until they get paid, some might go so far as to demand payment BEFORE doing anything.
Education of the nations youth is a requirement, not an industry. Students should not get paid for something everyone is expected to get.
" Kids will also now stop asking parents for money"
As I said in the first argument, kids may learn to demand payment for basic chores if we pay them to get good grades, so kids will continue to ask parents for money. If that argument doesnt work for you consider just how greedy students can be, $15 per good grade simply would not satisfy the greed of the most greediest students....
" But, if he earned the money himself, the kid will start to think about what he did to get the money when he goes to buy chocolate"
No it wont, as far as the kid is concerned he has disposable income and since his parents are paying all the bills he is left to do whatever the hell he wants and buy anything else he wants...
" It is obvious that if we offer money to any kid who get's A's, more kids will get A's. Therefor, we are having smarter kids"
The Pro fails to acknowledge that students have another option to get good grades and get paid besides working hard, taking bullsh*t easy classes. Think about it, a new law is put in place that allows kids to get paid for every A, so while some may honestly work harder to get to an A, a vast majority of those students would enroll in easy classes or easier classes to get paid. That leaves us with kids taking easy classes and getting A's rather than taking harder more challenging courses that actually will benefit them more in the long run.
This means that the nation would basically be subsidizing stupidity....
"The only thing lost is a tiny peice of paper being given to a kid."
Ummmm, I can think of something that would be lost, MONEY, LOTS OF IT.
Schools are under more and more financial hardship, some of them have had to drastically cut the budgets of school sports teams, increase class size, lay off teachers, etc just to stay slightly in the red, paying students $15 for every A they get on a test would cost a single school MILLIONS
2,000 kids to an average high school, A school year being around 200 days. Every day there is hw turned in for grades and tests, pop quizzes, and quizzes being given for grades, and on top of that students are often in 7 or 8 different classes a day...
2,000 x 200 x 8 x $15 = $48,000,000 FOR ONE SCHOOL
The financial load for even small high schools to fund a program where students get paid for good grades would destroy the schools finances within days since schools are financed by the government.
Therefore, schools lose out big on this program, so big that the debt they run up would force them to shut down completely.
3) Feeling rich
"Any $$$ given to a kid, makes him feel better"
I dont think that making students feel good by completely overloading the budgets of schools forcing them quickly to shut down and end the education system itself is a very good trade....
"Sidenote: To avoid kids spending the money on drugs and such, make it so the money goes to the kids college fund."
This completely nullifies all the Pro's prior arguments....
"Kids will also now stop asking parents for money"
"make it so the money goes to the kids college fund. "
So the kids will continue to ask for money since the sh*tload of money they are making is going into a college fund they cant even access...
" A kid will start to learn how to buy things on his own"
" make it so the money goes to the kids college fund"
He cant spend it because they dont actually have it since its locked away in a college fund
"The kid will go and buy candy, which helps an economy's money flow"
"make it so the money goes to the kids college fund"
So the kids wont be able to spend their income on candy and cripple their health since they dont have money to spend
"That dollar bill will not end upp collecting dust in somebodies bank account"
" make it so the money goes to the kids college fund. "
So the money will end up being put into a bank account.....
So let me summarize this up to two points
1) The effects of this program would single handedly kill all the schools in the country since the income needed to meet this financial burden could never be offset
2) This program is so contradictory it nullifies all of the points the Pro has tried to make suggesting why it should be implemented in the first place....
SinceWhen forfeited this round.
I extend my arguments
SinceWhen forfeited this round.
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Vote Placed by Yep 4 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: FF, need i say more? All Refutations stand even though Pro gave a case, it was crushed by con on every single level.
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