I think students should get paid for good grades because they will work harder to get the good grades for money. it will also create good work habits for in the future. It will also help them learn how to manage their money properly.
Students should not get paid for getting good grades for a few simple reasons. First this debate could be taken in two ways, based on whom pays the students. If parents are supposed to pay their kids for good grades, parents in a bottom-class situation simply may not be able to afford the extra expense, if they struggle with bills and food as it is. If you are talking about the school system paying, then my argument there is the fact that school districts already struggle with budgets affording many things that should be mandatory in a students activities. Some teachers are laid off, because a district cannot afford to pay them. School is a place to learn, that is enough of an incentive to attend, as you create the opportunity to make a living for yourself, instead where you getting paid for good grades can teach students to feel as if they get free handouts (in cases of where a class can be an easy grade.)
In response to that all I have to say is if they can afford to buy all the new stuff for the sport team's and the different types of so called club outings then they can cut out a little bit every nine weeks to pay the students for their grades being at least a high C or above. And I know for a fact that the school system is a lot better off than it seems even with all the fund raisers that the students partake in.
Not every school district has the funds to pay for such luxuries such as new things for sports teams. Take the current condition of the state of Illinois for example. In the current state debt, how can they be expected to pay for student grades, when there are much more pressing matters? And even in the terms of getting paid for a grade, a C is too low of an expectation. C is considered average. Not anything spectacular. Most club outings that people know of, earn the money themselves, through private fundraisers, not school funds. They earn them. Public fundraisers at schools usually put the funds towards improving the school, not trivial things such as paying students. A good education, is reward enough.
I took a pole in one of my classes to see how many would try harder for money. The class had twenty-five students. Out of that twenty-five students twenty two said they would the other three didn't partake in it. So with that said other countries pay their students just for showing up and we can't even give ten dollars for a high C or twenty for a B or fifty for an A. What dose that say about us? How long until the government gives this a try? If and when they do they will see how much their test scores increase as a whole.