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Paying for Grades Won't Buy a Love of Learning

students in classroomPoor grades in school can be frustrating, not just for the student but for the parents as well. To some families, a good solution is a monetary incentive — parents pay their kids for getting good grades in the same way they get paid a salary for working.

But while the payment may seem to work in the short run, bribing for grades actually impairs motivation, decreases a student's love of learning, discourages risk taking and creative thinking, and increases anxiety.

Inspiring young students to bring home good grades

When it comes to learning and education, children need to experience control over their academic success. When they see the cash at the end of the marking period, the only focus is the cash, not the intellectual rewards of working hard for a good grade. The bribed child may also be more likely to cheat or take the easier path through an assignment to receive his reward. Plus, the reward you give your child in seventh grade won’t be enough by 11th. So what is a better way to inspire your young student to bring home good grades?

Reviewed by: Patrick S. Pasquariello Jr., MD
Date: May 2014

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