Now, a Harvard economist is trying to start the same experiment in some public schools:
Roland G. Fryer, a 30-year-old Harvard economist known for his study of racial inequality in schools, is back in New York to again promote a big idea: Pay students cash for high scores on standardized tests and their performance might improve. And he has captured the attention of Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.
Those against it have a familiar complaint that I've heard:
But the idea is controversial. Many educators maintain, among other objections, that children have to learn for the love of it, not for cash.
The way I look at it, my daughter's job is to attend school and learn. The problem is that the payoff for that is so far in the future that it isn't much of an incentive. So I filled that gap and gave her some more immediate incentives.
It'll be interesting to see if this is adopted and if it works. I suspect that those paying will find that it costs them a lot, but that they will enjoy it as much as I have.