Thursday, December 02, 2004

Sending kids to school

At marginal revolution, Alex Tabarrok has a great post about a Detroit school.

That's cool but what I really like is this:

After the Christmas break, Knoper said the paycheck curriculum will be ramped up a notch when the kids start paying taxes on the hallways (a form of road tax) and playgrounds.

I know when my parents started offering me money when i made the honor roll in 3rd grade, i started making the honor roll very quickly and continued to do it. Once i got into high school, i still did it even though the money i got was about the same as the money i got in 7th grade, but i did if for different reasons then. So i think this is a great idea, and hope that it goes well.

cube

2 comments:

Dave Justus said...

I very interesting idea. I like a lot of aspects of the idea, but I am not sure I like the basic premise that education is equivilent to work for which you should be rewarded for rather than a reward in and of itself.

Cubicle said...

"...premise that education is equivilent to work for which you should be rewarded for rather than a reward in and of itself."

ahh if you could convicne the kids of that, teaching them would be not problem. I personally do not think that this some be done in highschool, but in 5th grade or less i like the idea. The kids may or may not be mature enought to realize that education "is a reward in and of itself" until they get older.

And this little trick, might just prepare them to learn when they marture enough to realize it is a good idea , while instilling good habits.

In other words it is a crutch, that might help.