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January 23rd, 2008
07:45 PM ET

Getting Paid to Study?!

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Students at two Atlanta-area schools are being paid to study with tutors. CNN's Josh Levs reports.

Forget bagging groceries or mowing lawns or ringing up customers.  In a new program being offered to some of Georgia's 8th and 11th graders, students can actually get paid $8 an hour to get tutored!

Now call me old-fashioned, but I remember when students actually had to pay for tutoring.  Imagine this:  going to school for eight hours, working for four hours, spending part of your paycheck on getting tutored for two hours.  Doesn't sound like as good a deal, does it?

Well, a Georgia county commissioner argued that the "Learn to Earn" program is an effective way for some students to get more involved in their studies, as it would help make learning a priority.  But an author featured on Thursday's show suggested that students who were paid to study now would lose interest in the future when they're expected to study without getting paid.

You're students, and you're the ones who matter in this debate.  We'd love to hear what you think.

Carl Azuz, Anchor


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  1. Erin

    I think this is a good way to get students more interested and involved in schoolwork, but really insane!

    January 23, 2008 at 8:32 pm | Reply
  2. Turbo

    This is a perfect example why the jobs are moving overseas.
    This is why countries like Japan, China and India are kicking our butts.
    While their students put everything into excelling in their studies in order to succeed in life, we are sitting at home playing Wii's.

    January 23, 2008 at 10:21 pm | Reply
  3. Quinn

    I think this is an example of thinking out of the box. True, it will not capture every stray young person targeted but I think the net catch will influence or "enlighten" the vast majority or stimulate (at the very least) the minds of our young Americans to the the "game" being played.

    January 24, 2008 at 5:19 am | Reply
  4. chris

    I'm sorry, but when i was in school, if you got good grades, your reward was being able to say that you did well in school. The fact that they are actually considering rewarding students with cash and gifts for performing well is insane. rewarding someone for something that they are expected to do anyway is the stupidest thing i've ever heard of. it used to be that if you did poorly in school, you were punished. now, if you dont do good in school, people blame it on their home environment, or society, or any number of other things. it is very simple. if you go to school, like you are supposed to, and pay attention, like you are supposed to, do your homework, like you are supposed to, study, like you are supposed to, and do all the other things that come with going to school, you will have the tools to succeed. This alone should be reward enough considering that the free education that the vast majority of the nations students are receiving is the cornerstone for higher education which ultimately leeds to unlimited opportunities for a "successful" life. If thats not a reward than i dont know what is. giving students cash and ipods is not going to make them work harder, and if it does, the likely results and benefits will be shortlived. Students today are so full of a sense of entitlement that they seem to think that just showing up is enough. now that our students nationally are falling behind many other parts of the world, such as japan, china, and india, this is an important issue that needs to be addressed, but this is one of the farthest things from a solution that i can think of. if the people in power really want to fix this, they need to give students real incentives that don't involve cash and toys. perhaps raising the requirements for student athletes, mandatory tutoring for students that are falling behind, and addressing the social issues that so many people want to blame for the problems would actually make create some results that work.

    January 24, 2008 at 5:20 am | Reply
  5. Janie

    I really disagree with this idea. I believe students should study for their own good, and for thier own interests, not to get money or some kind of gift. I mean, if the student has to study the same subject later, they'll just ask, "What's in it for me? They'll lose interest in the subject, and not like to do it later.

    January 24, 2008 at 5:42 am | Reply
  6. Alice

    I don't think this is good because it is unfair to students who are smart and don't need to go to afterschool programs.I think they should give rewards to students who have good grades in the end,and that reward should be something else instead of money.

    January 24, 2008 at 8:03 am | Reply
  7. Anna

    I don't think that this is a good way to get more students to study because if there was reward for me at the end of the week. I 'd find an easier way to do it with out acuattly doing my task.

    January 24, 2008 at 9:00 am | Reply
  8. Logan

    This is a pretty cool. I would go every day to go study. I would be rich if i went to everyday.

    January 24, 2008 at 9:38 am | Reply
  9. Grace

    I think it's a very good way to get students to study and an easy way to make money.

    January 24, 2008 at 9:39 am | Reply
  10. Alli

    I really think that it is a great way to get students to study and they won't have to go to work or get a job because that will be their job! -_-

    January 24, 2008 at 9:39 am | Reply
  11. Morgan

    I really think that the learn to earn program is kinda cool but i think it will end up bad. I mean it will make kids study more, but then when they get into college and stuff they will want more bribes! I really think they dont need to do it.
    Mrs. Chapps Georgia Studies Class

    January 24, 2008 at 9:40 am | Reply
  12. Courtney

    I think that it is a neat way for them to get students to study, but I also think that students should study on their own and not get bribed to do it.

    January 24, 2008 at 9:40 am | Reply
  13. Frankie

    I believe that getting paid to study is stupid.We, as students, are already expected to study.So, why should we get paid for something we are supposed to do in the first place?

    January 24, 2008 at 9:41 am | Reply
  14. Sarah

    Sure, I would love to get paid for my hard work as a student; However, there are so many people in this world that need that money more than I ever will! Why would they donate it to a lost cause? This sounds more like a fantasy to me!

    January 24, 2008 at 9:42 am | Reply
  15. Molly

    I think that it is a good way to get us motivated in the short term, but after a while the studying wouldn't matter. Maybe if they didn't give away as much prizes, or made the pay less by hour, people would still be willing for the perks, but in the long run it would work out better.

    January 24, 2008 at 9:57 am | Reply
  16. Melissa

    I think that this would get students to do better in school or to go to tutoring but really this is crazy.

    January 24, 2008 at 9:58 am | Reply
  17. BG

    paying students to study is a good way to help them to study for only a short period of time. eventually they will just be doing it to get money, not to learn.

    January 24, 2008 at 9:58 am | Reply
  18. D.Blank

    I dont think students should be rewarded for just showing up, I think they should be rewarded for doing progressivly well. if they are rewarded for just being there and mindlessly doing the work without a care, then they wont get anything out of it except for the money. I think what should be done instead, is try to find out what that person can realy get into that can lead to a bright productive future for them.

    January 24, 2008 at 10:00 am | Reply
  19. Thomas

    Well I think getting paid to learn is and interesting idea that would definitely get more students to learn. I think a lot of students will participate because its helping them in two ways. As for the losing interest to do it later, it doesn’t matter. The older you get, the harder it is to learn stuff anyways .

    January 24, 2008 at 10:00 am | Reply
  20. Kyle

    This program is a bad idea for a two reasons. First, I think that this will cause bad study habits because once the student is in college there will be no one to pay them to study. Second, this is not fair for all the other student who are not getting paid to study.

    January 24, 2008 at 10:01 am | Reply
  21. Caleb

    Getting paid to study would be cool. At $8 an hour that would be my job. I probably wouldn't actually study though, but that's just me. I think that it might work for some students, but wouldn't for a lot. To me paying students to study would be a waste of money.

    January 24, 2008 at 10:02 am | Reply
  22. Darious

    It is a great idea and should be used.....it will give us something to look forward to when coming to school.

    January 24, 2008 at 10:02 am | Reply
  23. Nick

    This is not the best to get kids to stay in school. But it will work in the mean time. I say we don’t do this. I think, if they do badly, let them take the punishment later, like a job they don’t want.

    January 24, 2008 at 10:03 am | Reply
  24. LU2

    I think that paying students to get tutor is not a good idea. The reward is the only thing that students want not the knowledge. The school should focus more on families and teachers to help push the students and encourage them to do well. If the students are truly motivated then they can truly achieve more.

    January 24, 2008 at 10:04 am | Reply
  25. Katie

    I think that in some ways getting paid for studying and going to tutoring is good and in other ways not so good. My reason is because like they said students will get less focused on their work and more on the stuff they get; not saying I wouldn't mind getting paid for doing school work, I am all for that, but some people might take advantage of it.

    January 24, 2008 at 10:04 am | Reply
  26. TJ

    Its a sad day when students have to be paid to learn. Administrators and teachers should be improving our study skills, and by paying a student to study will only make them more likely to lose the thrive to study all together (when there is no incentive for them). How is that going to help them in college when you have to study alot to make it through to a career? I beleive this is a ridiculous idea and will not help but only hurt.

    January 24, 2008 at 10:05 am | Reply
  27. LU2

    I think that paying students to get tutor is not a good idea. The reward is the only thing that students want not the knowledge. The school should focus more on families and teachers to help push the students and encourage them to do well. If the students are truly motivated then they can truly achieve more.

    January 24, 2008 at 10:06 am | Reply
  28. Lindsey

    I think that this program would encourage a lot of students to study more if they’re getting paid for it. However, whether they lose interest or not differs for each person. Studying and doing class work could become routine, and a person wouldn’t lose interest even if they’re not paid. The program could improve their study habits. Or, it could backfire and when the students stop getting paid, they would think there wasn’t a reason to continue studying. It's a risk.

    January 24, 2008 at 10:07 am | Reply
  29. Moamen

    I think that it is a great idea to get people to study by giving them money and by telling them the better grades they get the more money they get I’m sure it will make them study and study hard because most of them really just want money so they’ll do it for the money.

    January 24, 2008 at 10:07 am | Reply
  30. Nicki

    I think getting paid to learn, is okay if you have that kind of money to toy with but in doing so may send the wrong message to the students. It's like getting a small child who doesn't like reading to sit down and read with the reward of his favorite cookies if completed. Studends should learn without getting paid because most of the things the children learn will be used throughout their lives. I do think the students deserve to get paid for giving what they have learned to tutor other students. There are some teachers who don't teach and some who just teach and least of all the teachers who love to teach and love their students.Plain and simple if teachers want students to learn and suck in givin information, teachers, including the student's parents, must show their students that they care and that they are special and can learn anything. Most of all, make what ever subject you are teaching fun and interesting, most students react and want to participate when learning is fun and creative. If you are the kind of teacher who doesn't put love into teaching and your students, just keep using your old methods and see how many of your students are eager to learn what you have to offer.

    January 24, 2008 at 10:35 am | Reply
  31. Mrs. Andrews' 5th grade

    4 people say yes, it is a good idea. The students could use the money to save up for college. The kids will be more interested because they will be working for something.

    12 - people say no, it is not a good idea. The school should be using the money for items needed for the school, like computers, books or even making better lunches. The students might just stay to earn money, but not really try to learn more. They might use the money for things that aren't appropriate. Students might start expecting to get money and won't go to college if they aren't being paid.

    January 24, 2008 at 10:46 am | Reply
  32. Tiffany

    I think it is a really good way to get kids to work and get A's and B's in school

    January 24, 2008 at 10:50 am | Reply
  33. Moore

    I think this might work for a while and then the students might just show up to goof off and get money.

    January 24, 2008 at 10:54 am | Reply
  34. Zach

    I think that paying kids to study will work for a while but after some time the kids will just want money or rewards and won't study as hard.

    January 24, 2008 at 10:55 am | Reply
  35. Jeff

    This is not a good way to keep kids in school we should just stay away from them and let them throw their lives away.

    January 24, 2008 at 10:56 am | Reply
  36. joshua

    i think that the Learn-to-Earn is a bad thing because student will not be motivated to do it it the future because they wont get the rewards(ipods or cell phones) for doing their every day jobs the will get paid though. the idea is cool but very risky. some studens will take advantage of the situation and wast the money instead of saving it for college

    January 24, 2008 at 10:57 am | Reply
  37. Ben

    I think being paid to study is a terrible idea. people will start studying just for the money and not for the value of learning

    January 24, 2008 at 10:57 am | Reply
  38. Hannah

    This is NOT a good way to make kids do their homework, because kids should do their homework and they should study without getting a reward. It's a kid's responsibility to do these things, and they should not get something for it. This is like bribing someone. This is teaching kids that it's O.K. to pay people to do something you want them to do, and thats not necessarily right.

    January 24, 2008 at 10:57 am | Reply
  39. luis

    this isnt the smartest way to keep kids in school i think we should stay in school without getting paid. even though it means not geting money. and who knows what they are buying with the money. i think its dangerous.

    January 24, 2008 at 10:58 am | Reply
  40. Kalib

    I think they took this way to far.

    January 24, 2008 at 10:58 am | Reply
  41. Mr. Moreland

    I belive that it wil work for a while, but then the students will lose intrest. You might have to start increasing the amount of money because the kids will find ways to get more money and study.

    January 24, 2008 at 10:58 am | Reply
  42. Kerby

    I think thats really cool. but if some students study just for money then what will happen to the children when they are in college and they are not getting paid??

    January 24, 2008 at 10:58 am | Reply
  43. Megan

    I think it is your own duty to study. Why should someone pay you to do your own personal job.

    January 24, 2008 at 10:59 am | Reply
  44. Jacob

    I think this is an inapropriate way to get kids to study. If kids know that they are going to get as a reward than they will be focused on getting the money or item. The kids will cheat or not fully study.

    January 24, 2008 at 10:59 am | Reply
  45. Terran

    I think that this would help some students get motivated. Some people just might stay the same. I would try this to see what the results are.

    January 24, 2008 at 11:00 am | Reply
  46. Christine

    Go to tutoring and "GET THAT PAPER".

    January 24, 2008 at 11:00 am | Reply
  47. Meredith

    I think that it is totally insane that people are paying kids to dotheir own work that they should be doing on their own If they are going to make a mistake like that, they need to learn on their own!

    January 24, 2008 at 11:01 am | Reply
  48. Savana

    I kind of like the idea, but what is it going to help in the future. What is going to happen in the future when no one gives them money. We could use all that money to something even more important. The idea is cool, but might not help in the long run.

    January 24, 2008 at 11:02 am | Reply
  49. Sam C.

    I think that it is good idea and a bad one. It is a good idea because it modivates the teenagers to study by paying them and giving them gifts, but no one is going to give them any thing in the long run. And when they start their new life away from middle school, and high school no one is going to give them anything in the long

    January 24, 2008 at 11:05 am | Reply
  50. Rose

    This is ludicrous! Where is the inner drive to want to excel.
    If the earnings are tied to economics and investment then it's a bird of a different feather.

    January 24, 2008 at 11:06 am | Reply
  51. Danielle

    I think that it would help the students go to the turting because they would be getting something out of it,but then they could be going just for the money and not be paying attention.

    January 24, 2008 at 11:08 am | Reply
  52. Mr. Essex 7th grade 1st period class

    This sounds like a good idea except for the students that would abuse it just for the money.

    January 24, 2008 at 11:25 am | Reply
  53. Central

    The majority the Sixth Graders in my class believe that they should not get paid to come to school or get tutored. It is just expected that they come to learn and get an education,

    January 24, 2008 at 11:32 am | Reply
  54. Mr. Neilson's 6th Grade Class

    We think it is a good idea. Students will learn good study habits and do better in school. But, the program should be made available to 6th graders because it is very hard going from 5th grade to 6th grade.

    January 24, 2008 at 11:35 am | Reply
  55. Mr. Neilson's 6th Grade Class

    We think it is a good idea. Students will learn good study habits and get better grades. But, we think it should also be available for 6th graders because it is very hard going from 5th grade to 6th grade at middle school.

    January 24, 2008 at 11:52 am | Reply
  56. Pauline and Catalina

    Students like us should be paid for doing good jobs in school. The more reward we get the more we pursue our goal to go to school and study hard. In that way, we could get our needs and especially to save money for our college. Certain people can just be rewarded. For example, if a student gets a lot of trouble in school, they should not get any credit for having records so that they can learn and not do bad things again to get or earn rewards.

    January 24, 2008 at 12:30 pm | Reply
  57. Bobby

    It's nice that they're trying to get people to study but it won't help anything. If anything it will make things worse. They should put the money to help talented students enrich themselves. We spend money on the mentally disabled students while the smartest of the students are litterally falling asleep in class because they are so bored.

    January 24, 2008 at 12:31 pm | Reply
  58. M.McClay

    My 9th grade students felt that many students would just fo for the money. My students that currently go to tutoring want to know why their parents had to PAY for tutoring and now you can get paid to go.

    January 24, 2008 at 12:36 pm | Reply
  59. Guppy

    Students in my 5th grade classroom feel that:
    Students should get paid because they are staying past the end of the school day to learn, and this is taking up time when they could have a job, playing sports, or doing other "stuff".
    Students should have to work harder for each reward, making it harder and harder to get pay raises.
    Students should not get paid because some students will only care about the money, and not learning study skills that they can apply to the future. Many students do thier studying at home, but are not getting paid, and are still sucessful; this program rewards poor study skills.
    Attendance at the program should not be paid, only increases in grades by attendees should be rewarded.
    In the years students are not in the program the students may not try at academics because there is no reward.

    January 24, 2008 at 12:36 pm | Reply
  60. Gizmo

    I think that might payoff in short term, but will in the end send the mesage that you always get paid to study, so people won't enles theyr geting payed.

    January 24, 2008 at 12:46 pm | Reply
  61. Megan

    I think it is a cool idea to do this. Kids will try harder in their classes, and get good study habits in the procces. So really by paying kids to study it is helping them in the long run

    January 24, 2008 at 12:50 pm | Reply
  62. Dagny

    I think that 8th graders and 11th graders should be responsible enough to study on their own, and that the author is right. After the students stop receiving money, chances are that they will stop. Some may still study, but on the whole, I think that the whole "Learn to Earn" thing is a bit more trouble than it's worth

    January 24, 2008 at 1:06 pm | Reply
  63. cory

    i need to get paid so it think they should do it

    January 24, 2008 at 1:07 pm | Reply
  64. Malik

    I think they should not give them 8 dallors an hour for tutoring. They should do it for the education.

    January 24, 2008 at 1:17 pm | Reply
  65. Buck

    I do not think they should pay the chidlren to do extra hours. That is a bribe it is not right. Why just georgia why not south caralina or tenneses or florida.

    January 24, 2008 at 1:21 pm | Reply
  66. Charmaine

    I think that students should get benefits if it hepls the kids get through school. Although, I think that bribing is wrong, it can be very helpful to get good grades and extra helps in classes.

    January 24, 2008 at 1:21 pm | Reply
  67. Alec

    I think it's a bad thing because after a while they'll get tired of it and will just quit on it

    January 24, 2008 at 1:24 pm | Reply
  68. Cindy

    This reminds me of the story of the man who hated the fact that his neighbors children played on his nice, big lawn. So one day, when they came over, he paid them all a dime to play. The next day, he did the same. This continued for some time. Then, the man lowered the payment to a nickel a day. This continued until he decided to stop paying them altogether. Guess what? They stopped coming. They forgot all about how much fun it was to play on the lawn. Instead, they only had a desire for money. Alfie Kohn is right. What's next Fulton? Pay for kids to behave in church?

    January 24, 2008 at 1:25 pm | Reply
  69. Ashlee

    I think that children getting payed to study is not the way to get children to do their homework. Students need to be studying without being bribed to study. If students really cared about their grades they wouldn't need to be payed to do their work.

    January 24, 2008 at 1:26 pm | Reply
  70. Matt

    I feel that it's alright to get paid for doing work. I mean, come on, what you are pretty much saying when we get old enough to work, we try our best and won't be able to get paid. Maybe giving us a reward will spark something in us and students might finally realize school is everything. And that every job has to do something with math, and if we didn't get that spark, we would never got our dream job.

    January 24, 2008 at 1:26 pm | Reply
  71. Kaitlin

    I don't think that we should got paid to do after-school tutoring programs. We should do it anyway to just sharpen our knowledge. If you just go to these programs to get paid, I don't think you should really go if that is your motivation.

    January 24, 2008 at 1:28 pm | Reply
  72. Kia Z. M.

    It's controversial because you want to let the students have the benefit of getting paid to do something they're alread suposed to do, and on the other hand you don't know what the students circumstances are. i.e. Maybe they are not very good at making A's, B's, and possibly C's. They probably want to get some money so they can save up to get an even better education or they just don't have any money and they need it. So it works both ways. If you study and have tutoring sessions already then it's good for you. Your getting paid because you're just doing what you would normally do. And people are right when they ask " What are they going to do when the real world hits them?" It's a positive and semi-negative. My advice would be that if you are studying and getting paid for it you better practice the independence skill because somebody's not going to pass you on your ability to depend on something or have someone hold your hand. That's why so many Americans and people are strung out and they need someone to help them. Nice system of income for young teenagers, but bad indepence habit.
    It's the real world so WAKE UP!

    January 24, 2008 at 1:33 pm | Reply
  73. Elizabeth

    I don't think you should pay kids to study because noone will pay them to study when they go to college and college will get so had they will drop out. So by paying them you not preparing them for the future. I study because getting good grades give me confidence. So I think by payingthe kids, your not helping them.

    January 24, 2008 at 1:34 pm | Reply
  74. Jenn

    I think getting money is a good way to get students motivated, but I don't think they should give it out just for going to tutoring. Reward them for getting the good grade so you know they were actualy paying attention to the teacher.

    January 24, 2008 at 1:35 pm | Reply
  75. morgan

    I think the idea to get paid for tutoring is wonderful. I think many more children will make more time for tudoring, especially since the will get a little money out of it. I think that it is cool and new idea because you have a pocket full of money, and your grades inproved. I think that I was a parent I would definitely aware my child about this program.

    January 24, 2008 at 1:35 pm | Reply
  76. Tim

    I think that is awesome! I would study a lot more if I got paid money to do it. You get good grades and you get money or a prize.

    January 24, 2008 at 1:37 pm | Reply
  77. avrey

    i think its a good way to get students more involved with there school work. My mom gives me money for my grades if they are good and I dont see any harm. School is like a job...

    January 24, 2008 at 1:40 pm | Reply
  78. Tori

    I think paying the students will encourage then to study more, but in the long run it will make them worse off. I think not being payed will actually benefit you later on. I study to get good grades because if I don't I will get in trouble with me parents.

    January 24, 2008 at 1:43 pm | Reply
  79. kaycee

    i think that paying and showering the students with gifts and paying them money to do their work, is a good idea. because i dont even get money when i have good grades. and getting paid to study i think is the best idea! if that were to come to our school then i think that i would get the all "A" honor roll every nine weeks. if i were getting paid to study and for doing my work, i would try my hardest and i wouldnt be able to wait to see my report card and my progress reports.

    January 24, 2008 at 1:46 pm | Reply
  80. Erik

    I understand the plight school districts face today, but paying students to study is ridiculous. This is yet another example of catering io the growing feelings of immediate gratification among students today. If they don't get some instant form of reward they won't do it. As these students leave high school and enter the work world how will they adapt? The real world requires hard work and persistance often without having the end in sight let alone immediate gratification. The ability to be driven by intrinsic motivation is a valuable skill that should be developed in the school enviornment and home environment. Monetary compensation for school work completely underminds that development. This system trains students for a world that doesn't exist. I strongly feel that this is not going to help bridge the gap between American students and foreign but in the long run will only widen it.

    ***How are students going to react when they recieve 8$/hr. to study and then have to face the real world in which many of them will start working in jobs that pay the federal minimum wage which will only be $6.55/hr in July of this year????

    January 24, 2008 at 1:46 pm | Reply
  81. Chloe`

    I think that they shouldnt be paid to do things that other people around the world would love to do. Maybe every once in a while its ok. But i think they should want to study instead of dread it. If i were paid i would worry whether or not that was going out of my mom gas price payments.

    January 24, 2008 at 1:46 pm | Reply
  82. Ryan

    I think paying the students is a good idea. I think it is a good idea because it might make the students make better grades. LIke my family gives me money if I make good grades so it makes me make better grades.

    January 24, 2008 at 1:49 pm | Reply
  83. Nikki

    I think getting payed to study is a low and stupid thing to do. If was given that option I would not take it. Its pitiful how low the government is willing to go to get students to do what they think is right. And where does this $8 an hour come from anyways?

    January 24, 2008 at 1:50 pm | Reply
  84. Dylan

    I think it would be good and bad because more kids will stay in school but then they will think that they can get rewarded for everything

    January 24, 2008 at 1:51 pm | Reply
  85. Warren

    I think that bribing students with money for doing their work isn't a good idea because it drains money from the school and when they aren't rewarded in the future, they lose intrest in work and bail out.

    January 24, 2008 at 1:55 pm | Reply
  86. Emily

    I believe that being paid to study should not be allowed. Besides, how do you know that they are really studying? They could just pretend to be studying. In the long run I think that this could hurt them, because they will be expecting to be paid later. What will they use the money for anyway? It could end up being something bad. If they really cared about their grades, they could study on their own.

    January 24, 2008 at 1:58 pm | Reply
  87. Rachel

    I dont think there is no wrong or right to bribing kids with money to study.
    I just think its alittle weird!
    I mean would even think about wasting money on that!

    January 24, 2008 at 2:04 pm | Reply
  88. Raul

    Well I would like this to come to my school so i can get money and learn at the same time

    January 24, 2008 at 2:09 pm | Reply
  89. a very mad guy!!!

    When is the Learn to Earn program coming to our school?
    ("I want 8 an hour")("I won't even need a job!")

    January 24, 2008 at 2:13 pm | Reply
  90. Mr. C's Middle School Class

    91% of our class thinks that it is a good idea to get paid to study.

    18% of our class would like to get paid a higher wage of $10.00 an hour.

    36% of our class think that it would not change how we learn during school.

    January 24, 2008 at 2:18 pm | Reply
  91. Tasha

    If high school athletes cannot be paid to play a sport to make a team better, how is it any different for teachers to pay students to have better grades? Since the subjects are math and science, it sounds like the school is paying the students and trying to have higher state test scores to make their school look better.

    January 24, 2008 at 2:21 pm | Reply
  92. Sheldon

    I think it is a good thing to get kids iterested in work

    January 24, 2008 at 2:23 pm | Reply
  93. Samme

    This "Learn to Earn" program may help motivate some students. In some cases, students may not be totally motivated towards schoolwork and may need a reward for good work or to get them going. Some students are brighter and take studying more seriously, but the students may be let down if they do not get a reward for studying in the future. Ultimately, I think the program is crazy because students should not be paid to study since studying is a priority. Studying helps students do well on tests, which are important to succeed in the future.

    January 24, 2008 at 2:52 pm | Reply
  94. kami

    This is a really good idea for the people who nned the extra incentive to study. I persnally think that this idea will work and would love to promote it for the ninth-graders in my guidance class. I am a mentor and a senior. If I saw students motivate dto work harder even if only for a few extra hours. Now that's what I call real inspiration!!!!

    January 24, 2008 at 2:52 pm | Reply
  95. joe

    it is cool and a good way to encourage students to learn

    January 24, 2008 at 3:04 pm | Reply
  96. merry

    i would probably only get paid 5 bucks

    January 24, 2008 at 3:07 pm | Reply
  97. timon

    i would like to get paid like a million bucks for doing this!!!

    January 24, 2008 at 3:09 pm | Reply
  98. bryan

    I would go to that if they payed me millions and trillions of dollars.....
    yup yup

    January 24, 2008 at 3:11 pm | Reply
  99. griffin

    I believe that it's a horrible idea. Even though they are getting paid that doesn't mean that they will start liking school again, and once they stop getting paid, they will not be encouraged to go any farther.

    January 24, 2008 at 3:17 pm | Reply
  100. Seth

    I would love to get paid to go to school and tutoring, but i dont know if it is nessasarly a good idea. It has its up and downs. Kids go to school but the question is are they going to really learn?

    January 24, 2008 at 3:17 pm | Reply
  101. Kayla

    I'd do anything for money even study!

    January 24, 2008 at 3:18 pm | Reply
  102. Serge

    I think that it is great that there paying kids to study. It would be great to be payed to study. The kids like money and gifts so they will study harder, and even if they wont study later the knowledge they already took in will stay in there minds. More schools should be paying kids to go to school. The higher the grade the more cash they deserve.

    January 24, 2008 at 3:18 pm | Reply
  103. Ross

    I would like to be paid to go to school/study and get paid while doing so. For some people it would be an extra job, or a main job. $8 an hour sounds good enough for me to want to study a little extra.

    January 24, 2008 at 3:19 pm | Reply
  104. Taylor

    I would do it. That makes me actually want to study if I get paid to do it.
    Most of the time when I do study it’s because my parents make me do it.
    So maybe if I got paid to study, I just might do it more often.
    I would probably still study even if we don’t get paid but if I did get paid I would do it more that normal.

    January 24, 2008 at 3:19 pm | Reply
  105. Ashley

    Getting paid to do something always inspire kids to do what they're suppose to right, but getting paid to study is ridiculous to me! having a better futrure, present, and making your past better is a amazing reason to stuudy and go on with your education.

    January 24, 2008 at 3:19 pm | Reply
  106. tyler

    i wouldn't get involved with it, but i think its a good way to motivate students to study and make good grades.

    January 24, 2008 at 3:20 pm | Reply
  107. Anonymous

    I think that this is a good opportunity that should be given to students who are dedicated to their studies. Not only will you learn, but you will get paid for doing so. I think that it would only be effective to people who are concerned with their grades and take the time to study. I do agree that some people will lose sight to learning after they are getting rewarded, but if you reward the people who are dedicated i think it would be a good opportunity.

    January 24, 2008 at 3:21 pm | Reply
  108. Dustin

    I think it would be a good thing because Kids would then look foward to coming to school. I really think it would help the kids learn the stuff better. it would improve the kids grade to because they would get more time to study the stuff.

    January 24, 2008 at 3:21 pm | Reply
  109. Ricky D

    this is great bc i would diffinately do it

    January 24, 2008 at 3:22 pm | Reply
  110. Sean

    I don't like the idea. I study and get good grades without being paid. Why can't they focus on getting the kids that are already studying to be successful in life. All that this is teaching the kids is that they should be praised for doing something that they're supposed to be doing. Is that really the message that we want to be sending?

    January 24, 2008 at 3:23 pm | Reply
  111. Gaylord

    Looks like the country is trying to start welfare a little earlier. I believe that people's environment influences their lives and minds. I also acknowledge that our country is rapidly falling behind in terms of education. But it is not the students. It is not the teachers. Poor parenting and pop culture is to blame.

    January 24, 2008 at 3:24 pm | Reply
  112. Ashley

    I think that if you pay students to study what they are learning during school then they will be more motivated to do it and get it done. Also though, that when they get older and they have to do something out in the real world they wont be motivated to do it unless they get a reward for doing it. If i got paid to study or got a reward for it i would do it, and what i learned would stick with me for a very lond time, but in the end that teaches me a bad lesson, that i will get a reward for even the little things that i do in life, so in the end i would just study with out the pay and my reward would be that i learned something new and past my test/class.

    January 24, 2008 at 3:24 pm | Reply
  113. diego

    I think that this getting paid to go to school thing is a pretty good idea. That way lot of kids will probably study more. I wish Oconee county did the same thing. Will you ever pay them more than 8 dollars an hour? If you do I’m moving to Fulton county

    January 24, 2008 at 3:25 pm | Reply
  114. diego

    this is a good idea.

    January 24, 2008 at 3:27 pm | Reply
  115. ryan

    I disagree with this program. The costs alone would have to be insane. The level , par rate and number of teachers should increase instead. The only thing that will happen is that a student will only study for one reason, not for personal advancement and the student will become more and more dependent on the incentive.

    January 24, 2008 at 3:28 pm | Reply
  116. jimmy!!!

    Students should definitely get paid to learn because gas money is way up these days. gotta make da doe

    January 24, 2008 at 3:29 pm | Reply
  117. Grant

    I don't think that it's right because once the kids get out of that school and go on to another one they won't want to study because they aren't getting paid.

    January 24, 2008 at 3:30 pm | Reply
  118. Gunner

    I belive that the "Learn toEarn" progam is stupid because the children that it affects will always expect to be rewarded.

    January 24, 2008 at 3:30 pm | Reply
  119. Cameron

    I think it is not very smart to pay kids to learn because it is their responsibility to learn anyways. yes, it is cool to get stuff but not to learn.

    January 24, 2008 at 3:30 pm | Reply
  120. Erica

    I kind of think it's a bad idea to pay kids to go to school, because they aren't going to school for the real reason they're just going for the $$. 🙂

    January 24, 2008 at 3:31 pm | Reply
  121. AlexanderTheGreat

    I think this is a great idea to get kids to study a little more than they already do, and also a great way to get kids to pay attention more. But it is exactly like the guy said this will get a good reaction but when you remove this incentive the students will be less motivated to study then they already were. So it is a lose lose situation.

    January 24, 2008 at 3:31 pm | Reply
  122. Sean

    In my opinion It does't show kids responsibilty and when they don't get payed they won't do good in class and they might just spend it on junk.

    January 24, 2008 at 3:31 pm | Reply
  123. Stephen

    Hey, I'm fine with it! Well, yeah but it is an odd way to get kids motivated. They won't learn the value of a dollar, and will always want money for doing work!

    January 24, 2008 at 3:32 pm | Reply
  124. Leah

    It is an awsome way to get kids to work on schoolwork better, but it won't keep working for long, unless it was myself.

    January 24, 2008 at 3:33 pm | Reply
  125. Emily

    I think it is stupid because kids could work hard and then quit school and the teachers will be so mad becuase they were good students.

    January 24, 2008 at 3:33 pm | Reply
  126. Nathan

    I think paying people to study isn't a good idea. Because once they get out highschool they wont get paid in college and will probably fail.

    January 24, 2008 at 3:34 pm | Reply
  127. Mary

    I think it is really stupid I don't think you should be paying people to study. That is stupid and it realy won't help them. They could just sit there and not listen and still get paid!

    January 24, 2008 at 3:34 pm | Reply
  128. B-dub

    i think its a good idea and a bad on at the same time. if we start getting paid just to study and get good grade, then we want do nothin in the future unless we getting paid. but i t could be a good thing because students would do good in thier work and want have a problem with studying.

    January 24, 2008 at 3:41 pm | Reply
  129. Krueger Middle School

    I honestly think that if I was being paid by the hour, I wouldn't be able to focus. I would just be thinking about getting paid.

    January 24, 2008 at 4:17 pm | Reply
  130. Araceli

    No! I think it is very wrong to pay students to learn.
    Yes! I would love to be payed to learn but there is no motavation!
    I think it is just wrong!!

    January 24, 2008 at 4:22 pm | Reply
  131. Jamariah

    NOOOOOO!! I feel that if students don't want to take the time to learn and better themselves then why bribe them just if they don't want to learn then don't waste time and money trying to help them when there not coming for the help there coming for the money!

    January 24, 2008 at 4:26 pm | Reply
  132. EFRAIN

    i tink that payng student to study is good

    January 24, 2008 at 4:30 pm | Reply
  133. corby

    i think its not that good to get kids to study they should study on there own

    January 24, 2008 at 4:31 pm | Reply
  134. Tory

    The only good part about paying them to come to tutoring is that they actually come but the bad part is that they are only coming for the money and they wont learn anything.

    January 24, 2008 at 4:32 pm | Reply
  135. Billy

    I think that in the long run this will ultimately harm the students. When these students get jobs, and if they don't do their job as well as expected, they won't be able to tell his/her boss, "I'll do better if you give me a raise!".

    January 24, 2008 at 4:46 pm | Reply
  136. Andreas

    What are they thinking? Bribing kids to study, that is totally bogus! Kids need to study on their own, that will never prepare them for the real world! They will "act" like they're studying, but really they will just think about the reward! Their grades will be smaller than an ant! They will just fall apart! They will have to cling to the reward to live! This whole "reward scam" is like a drug to the kids, they will actually depend on the "reward" to live!

    January 24, 2008 at 4:50 pm | Reply
  137. cool

    that would be awsom to get paid for tudering

    January 24, 2008 at 5:02 pm | Reply
  138. Bryan

    1. Its a good idea.
    2. There will probably be those abusing the program for money
    3. restrict the amount of hours they can attend and it would be good.

    January 24, 2008 at 5:09 pm | Reply
  139. Not Recognized

    I think it is not fair that hey have to pay kids too study when they should automatically do it. Its not fair for the kids who do study and get nothing but the kids who never do get rewarded. Though it would be nice to get paid to study... 🙂

    January 24, 2008 at 5:10 pm | Reply
  140. Tanya

    I think that is pretty cool that they get paid too go to tudoring, that would get me to go to tutoring at 8 dollars an hour but then again theyr only going because they want to get paid too go but really they arent really gonna learn anything because all they want is the money they arent there to learn they are there to get the money soo yeahh i think thats not really teaching them anything if they really wanted to learn and pass their test then they would go on their own choice not because they want to get paid.

    January 24, 2008 at 5:10 pm | Reply
  141. johnna

    i dont think its right becase you are briving some one to get paid

    January 24, 2008 at 5:11 pm | Reply
  142. parker

    i hate the fact that they get paid and i dont!

    January 24, 2008 at 5:11 pm | Reply
  143. **Xandria**

    I think that it is a bad idea, because why should the kids who already study and already are getting good grades don't get anything. So why should the kids who need the tutoring get rewarded? It's not like they will be more into the subject. They would probably do the workl just for the money or whatever!

    January 24, 2008 at 5:16 pm | Reply
  144. Samantha

    I think its is very cool because you acually get paid to do work at school. Then again i think it is bad because then the student will lose interest in the subject and will only go for the gift they give them and not to learn. the kids who really do the work and get good grades don't get anything and the people who don't do anything and get bad grades get a gift or money.

    January 24, 2008 at 5:18 pm | Reply
  145. Sam

    I think this is a great wy toget students involed in after school activities and later he/she can go out and enjoy themselves with the mney they have earned. If they get larger rewards for getting better grades then they'll be tempted to get better grade.

    January 24, 2008 at 5:25 pm | Reply
  146. Jonathan

    I don't like this. I mean, it does ruin your motivation for the future, because when your in college or high school, who's going to pay you then? I just feel if the students are doing that bad then someone, like the teacher who's class they're failing, should be helping them one on one everyday.

    January 24, 2008 at 6:05 pm | Reply
  147. Allan

    I think that it's just all a big bribe but I do know that a lot of kids would most likely do it I know I would if I could. But one problem if kids do start this they wont pay any attention to their tutor and just be their for the money. My question to you is would you ever do it if you were my age im 14 years old? If so would you really do it for the tutoring or would you do it for the money?

    January 24, 2008 at 6:19 pm | Reply
  148. Joseph

    I think kids should get paid to study because it will make them more interested in learning. I think it's a great way to get kids to study.

    January 24, 2008 at 6:20 pm | Reply
  149. Ronald

    I think that as long as the kids get paid they will study but give them money then take it away they will stop and go back to how it was before the money.
    So if your going to do it don't go back on what you it.
    If not then everything will stay like it is.
    If we they do pay for kids to study then test scores will go up.
    If not it might end up like my school were test score have dropped lower and lower every year.

    January 24, 2008 at 6:37 pm | Reply
  150. Peter

    I think that this idea might actually work. If kids have a big incentive to study and get higher grades, believe me, they'll do it! Some people think that they won't actually be learning, but rather just read the lines. However, kids will say that if they're going to have to do it anyway, they might as well learn from it.

    January 24, 2008 at 7:04 pm | Reply
  151. Jacky~lyn

    Okay, i really disagree on this idea. Kids at this age don't deserve 2 get paid especially if they don't get good grades. In the end kids will not want to learn anymore than they did before they got paid. Learning and getting good grades should be a must, that's why kids have to go to school. If kids want to get paid they should get jobs when they are done completing school. If they don't want to get tutored that's their problem. If they want to learn more they will try harder, and if not they don't deserve money. I hope people understand how this is not going to help kids' futures or their grades.

    January 24, 2008 at 7:06 pm | Reply
  152. Holly

    I think that it wasn't a great idea for the teachers to decide. You shouldn't have to pay the students for them to realize they need help in a school subject.

    January 24, 2008 at 7:17 pm | Reply
  153. Holly

    The desicion to reward students is absolutely ridiculous. It is basically bribery and it will not help the students in the long run. You can't expect to get a reward for something at the end of everything you do. A reward is something that you recieve when you have suceeded on your own. They will expect to get a reward for everything they do and that will not help them suceed in the real world.

    January 24, 2008 at 7:27 pm | Reply
  154. Chelly

    Ok well this is my opinion..it can work but once you remove the money from the senario then teenagers will just forget about study once again. They will say well since im not getting paid anymore hten why should i study?? So if you start the "Getting paid to study" idea then you will have to go through with it in order to keep kids intereested in studying..also if you were to remove it kids would think even less about study than they did before..so unless you plan on going through with it..i wouldnt even start it at all.

    January 24, 2008 at 7:52 pm | Reply
  155. Ming

    I think it's not a good idea. althoug it may be make students study temporarily, as you know, it can't be a fundamental solution.

    January 24, 2008 at 7:56 pm | Reply
  156. Wil

    I think its a great idea. The one side effect is that you might spoil the students into thinking that they SHOULD be payed for studing; getting good grades is enough and not being yelled and thats enough for me.

    January 24, 2008 at 8:34 pm | Reply
  157. Alex

    I think that it is ok for you to give them toys as long as you are making sure you follow their grades clearly and dont reward them too much or it might affect how much they care about their schoolwork.

    January 24, 2008 at 8:38 pm | Reply
  158. Zoe

    I don't think this is a good idea at all! Our reward shouldn't be money, it should be the opportunities that lie ahead of us for studying and doing well in school!

    January 24, 2008 at 8:49 pm | Reply
  159. biff

    true

    January 24, 2008 at 9:55 pm | Reply
  160. Tim

    I'll go with Kohn on this topic. I see his point of view perfectly. It would get students for a while, but after that they won't get interested until a new reward is offered. Who would want 5 iPods? 1 is enough.

    January 24, 2008 at 9:58 pm | Reply
  161. Marcos

    I Think it's a good idea to pay students to actually pay students because their isn't a kid on earth that doesn't love money.Also I wonder how the school can afford to pay students $8 an hour?

    January 24, 2008 at 10:49 pm | Reply
  162. Marcos

    I Think it’s a good idea to pay students so they actually do there homework and maybe they'll learn at least something plus their isn’t a kid on earth that doesn’t love money.Also I wonder how the school can afford to pay students $8 an hour?

    January 24, 2008 at 10:55 pm | Reply
  163. Eileen

    I think it is a pretty good idea but I think they shouldonly get paid if their grades are going up because then they will only go to clas to get paid not to learn something.

    January 25, 2008 at 8:23 am | Reply
  164. James

    I wish my high school (conty) would do pay the students to study ...

    January 25, 2008 at 10:40 am | Reply
  165. AmandaC

    Its ridiculous to give bad students a privelage they haven't earned. I never knew i'd have to let my grades drop to be rewarded. I understand that the teachers want test scores to come up so they can give funding to the schools but overall i think its unfair to other klids who dont need money to encourage them

    January 25, 2008 at 11:21 am | Reply
  166. kaitlyn

    i think that it's a really good idea because it helps all of the students that are having doubts of school stay in school and do better. its a better way to learn. they can understand more better. but yet they shouldnt get any extra privelages like this the kids who are doing better should get an award if they are doing alot better than the students who want to drop out.

    ok well it's a good idea and a bad idea because the kids who are doing good arent getting any awards for being good
    but yet the bad kids are getting awards for not wanting to go to school so i think its rediculous. but yet on the same hand its really good..

    Kaitlyn

    January 25, 2008 at 11:25 am | Reply
  167. Stacie

    I think that it is kind of stupid that kids are getting paid to get good grades. If the kids dont want to get a good educadion then thats their problem. On the other hand, the kids who arent getting as good of grades as they can need a little push. Getting paid to get good grades is a good motivation. It would certainly help me because it would give me a better reason to get good grades.

    January 25, 2008 at 11:27 am | Reply
  168. Jordan

    I think that if you are getting paid to study, then you won't be smart enough to get into a college to get a good job because you won't be studying for learning you will be studying for money. In this case you will not be making money and you will get mad about that.

    January 25, 2008 at 1:07 pm | Reply
  169. Bob

    I think the kids that really need it should get the chance to get paid when they study.

    January 25, 2008 at 1:10 pm | Reply
  170. Dejah

    Why are you giving students money if they don't want to stay in school then let them it's not the toters choice.

    January 25, 2008 at 2:00 pm | Reply
  171. Ayana

    I don't think it is a good idea. Why would you give kids money for doing work. I underastand if they got straight A's on their report card and their parents rewarded them but you're doing just to do it. Please stop paying kids for doing work. They will only come to school to get tutored.

    January 25, 2008 at 2:05 pm | Reply
  172. Sonoran

    Less than 30% of the class felt that tutoring was a good idea. Students felt that it would depend on which school they were attending. "He was right when he said we are like puppies. If you keep giving us bisquites from something we're supposed to do right, it'll be like 'where's my bisquit?'. Woof, Woof!

    January 25, 2008 at 2:05 pm | Reply
  173. jake

    I think the students should not be paid because what will the further motivation of them studying once thier out of 8th and 11th grade and not bieng paid 8 dollars an hour.

    January 25, 2008 at 2:30 pm | Reply
  174. Sam

    I think they should get payed cause there choosing to help there school by tutoring and waste there free time just to bring education to other students.

    January 25, 2008 at 2:31 pm | Reply
  175. cha cha

    I think they should get paid because there chosing to stay after school when they could be at home playing video games in sted of studying.

    January 25, 2008 at 2:40 pm | Reply
  176. Alicia

    i think that is stupid that you can get paid to study! That's justing the kids that studing is a job and not a actual thing that you have to do to improve in school.

    January 25, 2008 at 2:57 pm | Reply
  177. cody

    They are just paying the students just becuse to make thiere school look better.

    January 25, 2008 at 3:08 pm | Reply
  178. Miles

    I'm from a christian school so in general you would think a christian would think it's wrong but really I like the idea of getting paid to study. I study hard already anyway. So now I would be getting paid to do the same thing.

    January 25, 2008 at 3:40 pm | Reply
  179. Ramont

    I am from Imani Christian Academy and my Opinion is that you wouldn't just needed to be paid you would also have to have something that made this interesting,besides money

    January 25, 2008 at 3:46 pm | Reply
  180. Anonymous

    I think this is a good idea because $8 an hour is good for a kid who cant get a job at their young and that payment is higher than mcdonald's and wendy's payment for the week so i think you are a hobo if you do not accept this offer

    January 25, 2008 at 3:46 pm | Reply
  181. jaidah

    that is a terrible idea becauce student will begin to get money hungry and studing just to impress the teacher for more money.

    January 25, 2008 at 4:41 pm | Reply
  182. Austin C

    Yes. I think we should get paid! I go to Greer Middle and we go to school for 8 hours.......Isn't that just like a job..?? We really work hard to pass. Especially this year because everyone is wanting to go to High School, so it can be pretty rough at times.. So yes we should get paid to study!

    January 25, 2008 at 4:56 pm | Reply
  183. Andy

    If anything paying kids to study would only give kids more money, not more knowledge. Some might even fake their intellegence to reap the rewards of the program. With many school systems falling, how can money be set aside to pay students, rather than fund textboks and supplies for those who use the opportunities previously available to them.

    January 25, 2008 at 5:59 pm | Reply
  184. tori

    i think that they shouldnt do that it is like threatning kids to study and they are probably making people from as and bs to f,d,cs

    January 25, 2008 at 7:01 pm | Reply
  185. Car

    I think its really weak that Georgia has to pay their students to get that extra little push in their studies. It kills the whole idea of being tutored. tutoring is for kids who actually need the help. It's not right for the kids who don't need tutoring to go just to get money.

    January 25, 2008 at 10:14 pm | Reply
  186. Martin

    How can the american dream possibly come true when kids are accually being paid to do something they are already paying for(either by taxes or by tuition) in the first place?

    PAYING KIDS TO STUDY HARDER IS CRUSHING AMERICA'S FUTURE!!!

    January 26, 2008 at 2:45 am | Reply
  187. mkdsoccerdog

    I think that kids won't be paying attention. They'll just be their f or the money.

    January 26, 2008 at 8:00 am | Reply
  188. Ethan

    NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!You shuldn’t have to go to school to get paid then they
    would be more fcused in the prize then when they don’t get a prize tey won’t do wha there supposed to anyways only the people who have straight A’s should get paid, and besides its the law you have to go to school.It wouldn’t be fair to the people who have good grades and get the same amount as people doing poorly.

    January 26, 2008 at 10:39 am | Reply
  189. Ali

    I think getting paid to study is not a good idea at all. It teaches children that they can get bribed to do things in life that they don't want to do. They will grow up to be very greedy and high mantinece. They will become snobby and if anyone wants them to do a favor for them, they will expect something in return.

    January 26, 2008 at 11:52 am | Reply
  190. K.

    The question of students getting paid is just a surface problem, the true battle that should be debated is if parents are taking positive roles in their children's lives; also if the children have any sense of responsibility. Being a student of only sixteen years of age, I think young adults that are around my age have the mental ability to choose the way they live, if they want to be lazy they will, and if they want to work for good grades they will, those whom choose not to do what they need to when they should, will one day learn their lesson through some future mishap.

    January 26, 2008 at 11:37 pm | Reply
  191. Ashley

    I think that it isn't right for some 8th and 11th graders to get paid to study. All they will do is pretend to study, while they make 8 dollars an hour.

    January 27, 2008 at 1:15 pm | Reply
  192. Caitlin

    I think it is a great idea (even though I already study and do stuff like that)!!!!

    January 27, 2008 at 1:41 pm | Reply
  193. Lisa

    What is this world coming to??????
    Pay them to do what they should do anyway??? Ridiculous.
    I have a much, much better idea. If the student WON'T study, they should be fined. Their parents can pay for their insubordination and they will quickly decide that they'd better study because the parents are not going to want to pay for a lazy student to continue to be lazy.
    Don't pay them to study, fine them for NOT studying!!

    January 27, 2008 at 8:39 pm | Reply
  194. Sam

    I think it is kinda a situation where, its good and bad. How else would you get a kid to study? But I think if they earn an Ipod, or any technoligy, then they might get pre-occupied with there gadget instead of studying for there test.

    January 27, 2008 at 9:16 pm | Reply
  195. P.H

    I think it's not that great of an idea because it just shows how America is all about money, i work hard to get the grades i do, and don't get paid for it !!!!! If your going to get tutored you really should do it because you need it, not because you want a few extra bucks, Towns should think of different ways to get their kids motivated about learning

    January 27, 2008 at 9:37 pm | Reply
  196. Shaun

    I think that it can be a good idea, if it turns out that the students actually STUDY and not just kinda sit there and reap the benefits. Most low income students have after-school jobs that keep them from studying or their home situation is just so horrible that staying afterschool (and being paid to study) might be a great alternative. On the other hand, since the parents wouldnt have to pay for it, some students might take advantage of the free "babysitting" they would recieve by entering the program. I guess it mostly depends on the economy in which this study is conducted.

    January 27, 2008 at 10:32 pm | Reply
  197. Alexis

    This is why I think "getting paid to study" is a bad idea. I think if you started paying kids to study people would study more but at the same time we wouldn't learn anything while we're studying because we wouldn't focus on that but just the money we going to recieve. I think it should only be for people that have low grades in math and science but they shouldn't get paid. They should just be grateful that they are making their grades better so they can pass to the next grade level. Mostly every school has a tutoring program to progress your grades. You should just ask the teachers for help,but if they dont help you I dont think they should be teaching in the first place. Then, you will have people trying to take advantage of the people who are giving the money to kids like me. What if their grades aren't getting any better than it is no use for them to waste their time studying in the textbooks. It's our choice if we want to learn or not. If we don't study than we wouldn't have good test scores so this is for our good. People shouldn't have to reward us with money. We should do this on our behalf and no one should have to pay us. If we wanted to be something when we grow up their isn't any rewards in life.

    January 27, 2008 at 10:51 pm | Reply
  198. BGCUC

    I want to speak on a few things...
    The idea of the program in itself is really pathetic and shows the low level of maturity and the ignorance of pragmatism of those who are planning on enforcing the program in a school district...The education system is struggling in the status quo because all the parts of the system are failing in strengthening and promoting the importance of an education in our society. There are different influences in the system: parents & family, students, society, and the government (edcuational institutions). Paying students would not ensure that the other parts will function and in reality we are defying the purpose of an education. Thinking in terms of pragmatism, will this work in the real world? NO!!! Where is the money coming from? How will districts be impacted by the influence and attraction from other districts with the program? What happens when funds are limited? What will ensure that grades go up even with tutoring? There are alot of questions and doubts in the level of functionality of the program.
    On the topic of incentives to studying, I want to clarify that graduating is an incentive in itself. A student who beleives that receiving money or gifts in exchange for a passing grade is better than getting a diploma is not in a mature level of life to realize the importance and significance of an education.
    Third, I read a few of the comments that have been posted, and I am baffled at the similar thoughts that some have about how students are getting paid for something that has to be done anyway. That is the exact mentality that is bringiong down our society. No one HAS to earn an education. No one has to study. It is not a requirement but more a privledge that we are given to better our lives. At the end of the day, those who have studied, have earned the grades, and who have been determined to recieve a diploma, are those who will succeed in life. Those who do things because they feel that they have to, will not show passion and desire to compete in the higher level in society.
    It's time that people are realistic and open their eyes to what is really going on in our nation. Money is not the answer to all our problems and definitely not the one to our education system. If we want to show the younger generations that receiving an education is important and holds significance than let's stop showing them these ridiculous problem solvers and show them the strength of our mind and fix this problem with an EDUCATED idea and effort!!

    January 28, 2008 at 12:41 am | Reply
  199. Kathryn

    Often the reward from doing something is not readily apparent. SOME persons (SOME adolescents are particularly susceptible to this) cannot connect their actions today with outcomes in the future and require some sort of immediate and recognizable beneficial outcome.

    While getting paid to study might be considered an extrinsic motivator, and may not be as long lasting as intrinsic motivators, this could lead to a long-term change.

    Once the students start to commit to studying, they develop a habit of studying. Too, this habit may produce good grades (hopefully that also means 'learning'). Good grades may develop a more meaningful reward, which is a sense of competence. Feeling competent nurtures hope, self-motivation or drive, and ambition. Let's see if this can get the ball rolling for these kids.

    I am glad to hear they are doing something. We need more administrators that are willing to try different approaches.

    HOWEVER, they need to evaluate who it works for and who it does not work for and WHY. These are very important things to do in order to continue determining which methods work and for which students it works for so that this might be used in the future with even more success. It would be important to see if the students that do not do so well may have processing problems that need to be addressed such as reading, writing or math skills or problems with organizing their work output or other problems.

    January 28, 2008 at 6:47 am | Reply
  200. John

    Does money provide an incentive to improve? Let's look at an analogy. Georgia teacher's salaries rank 16th in the nation. If you correlate Georgia teacher's salaries to the cost of living index, their salaries rank about 5th in the nation. Yet Georgia ranks 49th in student achievement. So does money act as incentive for improvement? You be the judge.

    Even more, we should look at the amount of money administrators get paid relative to what they understand about what works when it comes to learning. They are out of touch and have not kept current regarding how students learn. Most of them are overpaid secretaries.

    January 28, 2008 at 7:20 am | Reply
  201. temia

    i think kids should get paid to study because we work hard and only get a doughnut and a coupon to chuckie cheese we need more than thatbesides we could buy more than that and wont have to ask our parents for money also we could have something to hype us up

    January 28, 2008 at 9:23 am | Reply
  202. Jonesha

    No, students should not get paid to study. Studying should be something you take pride in. Studying is not something you shoulld get paid for also because it is something that you shold expect from yourself. you also shouldnt get paid because when you get your reportcard and see how your studying paid off that will be your reward.

    January 28, 2008 at 9:24 am | Reply
  203. Sophia

    I think children should get paied to stupy. We work hard and only a handful of us get paied for good work! I for one like money so it would nice.

    January 28, 2008 at 9:30 am | Reply
  204. Rechard

    I think that is a good idea to get paid for studying!!!! I get all A's in all my classes,so i should get a lot of $$$!!! It's like a school and a job combined!!! i wish i got paid for studying... My school(Carman-Ainsworth Middle School) should lets the very smart student(me,Rechard) study for some $$$!!!!

    January 28, 2008 at 9:31 am | Reply
  205. Elizabeth

    I think it's awesome to study. what other school has thought of that? Yes, it's important to study to get into a great college! but the more money that they give out, the more test scores go up!

    January 28, 2008 at 9:31 am | Reply
  206. Megan

    I think kids should not get paid for doing well. They should get rewarded but it doesnt have to be money. If you keep giving 20 kids money other kids that do well will want to earn money for doing well too. I spacifically tink money is useless but now that your paying kids to study and come to class you encourage them to want more money every day. I think you should just make the 20 kids go back to a normal class. Normal classes help the kids learn better because when you are getting paid for being good at something that is all you think about during class time is the money. If you are a kid that wants to get paid for doing well don't think about wanting the money becuase you shouldbe lucky that you are in a class with other kids. It is really stupid to try to get children to do work that is NOT i mean NOT needed!!!!!!! What most parents should be doing is trying to get thier kids out of paying classes.
    GET out of paying classes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 28, 2008 at 9:34 am | Reply
  207. LaToya

    I personally beleive that being paid to learn will really hurt these kids chances to really get a good education. What happens when they get to college and they realize that they are no longer getting paid? They will lose interest and not want to learn anymore! this might even result in dropping out!

    January 28, 2008 at 12:17 pm | Reply
  208. Connor

    This is a horrible idea of a reward. I think that people should be rewarded for good grades, instead of studying. That way the kids would be more inclined to pay attention to what they're studying than just show up and not participate. The good students who are actually working hard and getting good grades should be paid. In my opinion America is unfair. I see people getting rewards all the time... but the people who are getting rewards are the ones who aren't working hard. When a lazy person works hard for maybe one day, they get a good reward. But when a smart person gets good grades and keeps them up, they get nothing. Just my opinion, and I hope you're enlightened by the time you've read this.

    January 28, 2008 at 1:20 pm | Reply
  209. Jessica

    i think that it is a good idea. its gets students to want to study. it sad that they have to do it that way but what ever works.

    January 28, 2008 at 1:55 pm | Reply
  210. aj

    im 15, in 9th grade and ithink that the idea is bizarre. sure those kids that have little to no cash income and hate studying will study, but only for the money. and the kids that have money and dont like studying wont study because they already have money. those who like studying will be the only people to benefit from this very weird idea. back in elementary and middle school, if i got an "A" or higher in any subject on any of my report cards, then i would get $3 per "A". that was just an incentive to do better and to keep my grades up. besides, if you are trying to go to college, a's are going to get you in that college. the only way to get an a is to study, but getting paid to study?! thats a bit far fetched. if that paticular schooll has money to blow by paying people to study, then they should give it to the poor or donate it to some other good cause.

    January 28, 2008 at 3:23 pm | Reply
  211. Mr. Macfarlane's 7th Grade History Class

    We think that paying people for learning is really creating a system where students need instant gratification. Grades are a form of pay, but more important than that is the ability to do things for the betterment of your mind and not your wallet. Part of maturing is learning to do things because you should, not for what you will get. The sacrifice of time and learning to work hard and struggle through to learn material will not only benefit the student, but also society as a whole as the level of knowledge and understanding rises.

    January 28, 2008 at 3:33 pm | Reply
  212. Samantha

    I think that its a really good idea, sure it may seem like bribing them to some people and they may only do it for the money but think about it... the habit would pick up on them and that feelng of getting an A or a B would make them want to do study more. Even if it all started out for them money it will catch on and students would absolutely love the feeling of getting good grades. Yes, I would be more likely to study if i got paid to do it but i still study and do well the money just gives them a boost and something to look forward to.

    January 28, 2008 at 4:13 pm | Reply
  213. Trey

    I think that it is a bad idea to pay these students. It is not fair that you have students that are working hard, because they want to go to college and have great lives when they are older. If you want these students that are going to get paid to have great lives stop paying them. I can promise you that they will not get paid when they go to college

    January 28, 2008 at 4:14 pm | Reply
  214. Starkila

    I think it's good that students are getting money in a way because it motivates them to actually go to school and do their work . They know they are getting something when they leave or at the end of the week or some were around that time. Most students think going to school is a waste of time because they dont think it's helping them to get anywhere, event though it does. They think it just takes too long for the payoff of education, for example. Waiting untill you get out of high school to get a real job or to go to college is a long time in the future.That's why I think getting money for going to school is a good idea.

    January 28, 2008 at 4:27 pm | Reply
  215. Dedrikk

    I think that "learn to earn" is good because kids that dont want to get jobs have some money. They don't have to get jobs and I also think it is cool because you don't have to put it in a bank. If your parents want to give you money or your parents don't have money you can have some money to spend and a reward for studying.

    January 28, 2008 at 4:32 pm | Reply
  216. Mario

    It's right for students to get pay for studying. We have to get pay and that teachers too will sometimes Teachers do all the planning work and all we do is listen and and hear what we have to do. What they tell students is OK, but sometimes teachers will give you work and they don't tell youu what to do so you get confused. Then I don't do anything. I think we have to get pay to beacuse we do all of that work that teachers tell us what to do .

    January 28, 2008 at 4:37 pm | Reply
  217. Grant

    I think that it is really dumb because the only reason the kids are there is because they are getting paid. They could care less if they are studying or not all they care about is the money.

    January 28, 2008 at 5:53 pm | Reply
  218. Shannon

    Kids shouldn't get paid to study. If they're paid to study, that will deture them from studying on their own. Do you think they will get paid to study if they go to college? no they won't. Anyone who pays a kid to study is just setting them up to fail in the future. It may improve test and grades but what happens when u aren't paying them anymore?

    January 28, 2008 at 6:46 pm | Reply
  219. Jazmin

    I think students should be paid as a reward from thier parents.I say this because are they going to reward students who study to be prepared.It's not fair to either students.Isay they should think before they act next time.

    January 28, 2008 at 7:06 pm | Reply
  220. Ray

    Paying students to study is a really bad idea. If you pay students who are doing badly to study harder, then those that study hard anyway will start failing so that they can get paid. Also, who says that all of the students that are getting paid to study are actually studying and not just pretending to study while thinking about the reward? Even if they are studying, when they get home they don't think "oh cool! I learned these things at school", they think "Easy money!" and then spend what they earned. If you paid all students to study, then all the students, including the ones who were originally doing good, will do much worse when the future comes. Colleges won't pay you to study and that alone will prevent many kids from graduating from college and thus prevent them from getting good jobs and being successful. If kids get into the habit of getting money for studying, then when will they learn to study on their own?

    January 28, 2008 at 7:48 pm | Reply
  221. Garrett

    i think it stinks because the school is getting less money and the kids are gaining money.

    January 28, 2008 at 7:49 pm | Reply
  222. Chase

    i think its a good idea for motivation to study and it will teach them to find motivation in the future because the good feeling of getting money from studying.

    January 28, 2008 at 7:50 pm | Reply
  223. Andy

    I think students should study to earn the things they take for granted, like cell phones, t.v., late curfew, ipods ect. these things ar drawing students away from there studies. the students with failing grades should be shown homeless shettlers to show them what happens when they choose not to work hard and get bad marks.

    January 28, 2008 at 8:32 pm | Reply
  224. Sam

    Thankyou Carl and
    Monica and CNN©

    January 28, 2008 at 9:09 pm | Reply
  225. Samantha

    I think that paying students to study is just going to hurt them in the long run. All they have to do is to show up. For all the teachers know, the students could just be flipping pages. I think payment should be a reward from the parents when Report Cards come out. What about the students that actually do work and get good grades? Its just not fair. To the tutored students, and to everyone else.

    January 28, 2008 at 9:12 pm | Reply
  226. Christina

    I think it is a dumb idea because if they aren't studing in the first place then they won't even do it while they're getting paid.

    January 28, 2008 at 10:00 pm | Reply
  227. Grant

    Being paid to study is a good idea because it would incourage kids to want to do that subject and then after they get better they might start to like it and could then would do the subject with out being paid. It could also be bad. the kids could atend just for money and still not care for the subject at all. The only reason the school is doing the program I think is hopeing that the students will get higher grades so the school will beable to stay in bissness.

    January 28, 2008 at 10:00 pm | Reply
  228. Jenna

    I think it's a bad idea because some kids don't need to be tutored in either subjects so they might start letting their grades slip because they need the money.

    January 28, 2008 at 10:09 pm | Reply
  229. Cedric

    i think this is a bad idea becuase in the future the student won't get paid and they'll give up on the work because they'll be looking for the money.
    in fact most of them kids dont even go for the help, thehy go just for the extra money.

    January 28, 2008 at 11:48 pm | Reply
  230. Ms. Z

    As a teacher in inner-city Chicago, I am disgusted with this program and its attempt to motivate students through an incentive such as cash. I worked in MO at a school who gave cash/prize incentives for attending summer school (only attendance based) and that did little to help those who truly needed to be there for serious academic concerns. We are simply setting students up for a life of failure by giving them ridiculous notions of what to expect in the school enironment and the work environment. To truly inspire students and motivate them to spend their life-time achieving is to make an impact on their life by giving them the proper attention, experiences, and praise that they need to find this drive to do well in themselves. This program is simply putting a band-aid on a situation that is getting worse every generation. Perhaps time and money would be better spent educating the parents of these students and/or enforcing tutoring sessions. It's amazing the excuses that we have come to accept for students not wanting to learn. This will only lead to producing students who lack the independence in learning and continue the process of enabling them to become anything on their own outside of school walls.
    Very sad indeed!

    January 29, 2008 at 10:07 am | Reply
  231. Madlen

    I think it is stubid to pay kids to study because it does not prepare them for the real world.If kids are only studying to get payed then as soon as the pay stops there grades will plumit

    January 29, 2008 at 11:29 am | Reply
  232. Abidemi CHS

    I think that this can go both way. It is good to get paid to study because the students have a goal to look foward which money. But it is also a bad idea to bribe kid because they can always fake the fact that they are studying, also their abligation is to study not get paid doing something that they are already suppose to do.

    January 29, 2008 at 12:46 pm | Reply
  233. Marisa

    I think getting paid to study is stupid. When the bribes stop, the kids stop doing good. My parents give me a pat on teh back for getting a 4.0 GPA. I dont think that kids sould get paid peroid.

    January 29, 2008 at 7:36 pm | Reply
  234. Aaron

    This is the dumbest thing i have ever heard of. I could be a good idea if students were paid on the basis of improvements in their grades, but they get $8 just for coming to the class!!

    January 29, 2008 at 9:13 pm | Reply
  235. Natalia

    I think paing people to stay after school and study is bad because some of the studens only stay for the moeny and dont care about the work at all . Also if most kids choose to not go to school and if the students decide to be tardy all the time then the will have to repete the grade.

    January 29, 2008 at 10:25 pm | Reply
  236. cole and stone

    I think its not smart to pay kids to do school work while the other kids work the same with no pay.
    we are from glenwood R-8 Westplains MO

    January 30, 2008 at 2:00 pm | Reply
  237. Trenton

    this is an awesome way to get kids to start studing more but are they really studing to learn or are they just in it for the money?

    January 30, 2008 at 7:55 pm | Reply
  238. Stefanie

    I think it is ridiculous that we should have to be paid to learn. If we want to be successful in life we should want a good education. I think that getting paid to study is a horrible idea because students will start studying for the money not for the value of learning.

    January 30, 2008 at 11:43 pm | Reply
  239. Leslie

    I think that getting paid to study is a really good idea but i also see where this is a bad idea because kids maybe just going to get the money and not really caring about their grades. Although some kids are actually going to get better grades some kids are not.

    January 31, 2008 at 12:42 pm | Reply
  240. Kelsey

    As a kid, i think that it woudl be a good thing. But if you think of it in other different points of views. Like kids will get money by this and not have to work as kids in high school. like they said after this goes on for a while kids will only study if they get paid, and if they no longer get paid they will loose interest. Therefore there grades will start to slip again.

    January 31, 2008 at 12:44 pm | Reply
  241. Freddy

    i think this is a good idea cause then more kids would study, i would go everyday to study. It would also help the kids get some money without having to ask their parents all the time.

    January 31, 2008 at 12:45 pm | Reply
  242. Joe

    Its a good concept, because i mean sierously who wouldn't study if they were getting paid? But the thing is, studying might not improve thier grades, they might just go to the program, do nothing and get paid for it. I think we could improve the program by paying them for good grades, and the better the grade the more money you get.

    January 31, 2008 at 12:45 pm | Reply
  243. Barry

    I do not agree with this because the kids that already have bad grades might start purposly gettling bad grades so they get paid to study. Also if the kids that are being paid to study are just sitting there its a waste of money to be paying them.

    January 31, 2008 at 12:47 pm | Reply
  244. Bob

    i think that it is good because kids need the money. It will encourage them to do better in school and if the familys dont have enough money, it will help their familys pay their bills. Some kids may be in it for just the money but most should be in for the learning. When the kids graduate, they will get better jobs when they get older and then their kids will get more interested to do better in school so they can get jobs like that

    January 31, 2008 at 12:47 pm | Reply
  245. Frank

    I think that it is a good idea. It would get kids to actually study and if their family doesnt have a whole lot of money their kid could earn them some extra money by studying and getting better grades. If the kids get better grades they can get into better colleges.

    January 31, 2008 at 12:48 pm | Reply
  246. Saturn

    I don't think this is a good idea because then the students may not study for other important test unless they get paid. Really, if the teachers wanted to get the students' grades up, they should spent some time with them during class and make sure they are understanding what everything is about. They can make sure they understand by making them do the question on the board or saying the answer outloud. If they still don't understand it, then they should get special help form the teachers.

    January 31, 2008 at 12:48 pm | Reply
  247. kalli

    I think this is a great idea. It is a great way for kids to earn money that they deserve. They make money and learn A LOT in the process. This can improve lives so much, not only for the money, but then they can get into a good college, because they have the money and the brains!

    January 31, 2008 at 12:49 pm | Reply
  248. Venessa

    I think that its a very good idea because then the kids will start to study. The kids could get there grades up. Some families that are poor and dont have that much money the money that the kids get for studing the family could get money. The money could help the families out a lot and the kids. The kids can get better grades and get some money at home.

    January 31, 2008 at 12:51 pm | Reply
  249. schelly

    i think that it is a very good idea for the poor kids. it will get more of the kids trying to learn for money. it will get them more hope in the future.

    January 31, 2008 at 12:51 pm | Reply
  250. sabrina, tess, and mallory

    We think that this is not fair that they should get paid to study because they would only do the work to get paid.

    January 31, 2008 at 3:51 pm | Reply
  251. Mary

    I think that having the person expelled for kissing a girl is too harsh. Maybe instead they should get suspended for two days or a get a detention. That's all.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:39 pm | Reply
  252. Tejas

    I think its the worst way to get students to study for a lot of reasons. 1) you are bribing the kids to come 2) you are cheating the kids that are doing bad in school because they need to balance work and study, if they can't do it in High School how can they excel in college? 3) they are cheating the kids that are doing well, the school should reward good work not slacking off. 4) If the students do really need help, the school should do whatever it takes to help them, it's the kids educating they need to know what the world is like. Its the school's job to prepare they to compete in the world.

    January 31, 2008 at 6:24 pm | Reply
  253. Meme

    I think this is a great way to get students to get their school work done but also weird all at the same time. But yet I think it just is getting kids to get through school and not care about what happens when they get to college and not care about their work in college. If this were to happen at my school... I would love it and still care about my work later on in life.
    If they decide to do this they need to figure out a way to get kids to care about their work with out getting paid for it especially if this does not pass with all the schools.

    January 31, 2008 at 7:05 pm | Reply
  254. Marion

    wow! oh my god thats alot of feedback lol. well I would want to get paid to do school work.i would give it to my dad because he isnt getting paid right now.he builds decks!
    i also need to better in scholl any way. i would get tourterd for free.

    January 31, 2008 at 7:31 pm | Reply
  255. Zachary

    Getting paid to study is like spoiling's cousin. You need to teach them how to earn money by working...NOT STUDYING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 31, 2008 at 8:02 pm | Reply
  256. Hannah

    Its a really dumb idea for people to get paid for what we are supposed to be doing in the first place. It would be better if they just had an after-school study club that the kids could go to.

    January 31, 2008 at 9:12 pm | Reply
  257. Ryan

    I guess 'Georiga' got too much taxes from citizens that county couldn't find way to spend money. REDUCE TAX !!!

    January 31, 2008 at 9:50 pm | Reply
  258. Lexus

    Ha ha! very funny!! Does the local government have brain?

    January 31, 2008 at 10:23 pm | Reply
  259. Juliann

    I can understand wanting to motivate kids to study, but paying them is completely wrong. I'm not going to lie, I have a g.p.a. 4.00 but no one is paying me. If these kids are too lazy, that is their problem and our parents should not be paying tax money to motivate a bunch of lazy people to work. What about college when kids will not be paid? This is a bunch of crap and I wish all of these kids a bad day for wasting money that could be going to something worth while ,not for the lazy kids to try and get good grades. If they don't want to study they can have fun working at McDonald's all their life and being a waste of matter in this universe. Anyone who supports this program is obviuosly unintelligent and a waste of natural resorces.

    January 31, 2008 at 11:38 pm | Reply
  260. Adam

    If you pay a kids that are doing bad in school to study the kid that are doing good and studying on there own, the kids doing good will stop studying until they get into the program; And also if you pay kids more then minimum wage they will keep felling just to make more money.

    February 1, 2008 at 12:53 am | Reply
  261. Fernanda

    Why should the kids that didn't do what they were suppose to,get paid? If anyone should get get paid,it should be the students that do what they are suppose to do. Paying kids to get them to do things is just dumb. It shouldn't be like this. Kids should want to get an education so they can have a better life. They shouldn't get bribed into do this. Its just unfair for everyone else that goes to tutoring or that actually studies on their own.

    February 1, 2008 at 2:15 am | Reply
  262. malia

    i think it is stupid. when the program stops then the kids will want more money. peorsonally i get good grades so it would be unfair for kids who do good in school not to get paid. if they are going to do a program like this than they should take the kids who do well ask them to be tutors pay them that way everyone gets a cut but then the school would just be wasting tax payers money. i don't think it's a good use of the money that the school has. they could be spending it on something more useful like a computerlab.

    February 1, 2008 at 8:59 am | Reply
  263. Alexandria

    Terrible, terrible, TERRIBLE idea. It's true that paying kids $8 an hour to study might temporarily boost their test scores, BUT is the school taking into account the amount of effort they are exerting? Or what will happen when the incentive runs out? If these kids are not fueled by the idea of excelling in school and making a name for themselves in the world, they are not going to be able to succeed. I am a straight 'A' student. I don't need tutoring. I'm in Honors courses. Am I paid for this? No. Because the incentive for me lies beyond the near future. I have ambitions that run deeper than making a few extra bucks every week. Offering the program in itself should be enough incentive for struggling students to attend. The problem lies in their lack of dedication. I'm sure there are several extremely intelligent students out there who don't want to put the effort into doing their homework, studying, etc....so they can do well in school. Waving a bundle of cash in their face will make them lunge after it, but once the cash is gone, will they still be that motivated? What purpose is there left for them to continue in the tutoring program? After all, if these kids are giving the money to their parents, why not spend their extra time after school working? This solution is a temporary one, and not even an effective one. The school is failing to reward the students who have excelled in school and show growing aptitude. Won't they be upset by the fact that they were never rewarded for working as hard as they have? I would. If the students are fueled by money, then there's no purpose for them to come to school in the first place, besides it being mandatory. They're not getting paid to come...instead THEY have to pay. These programs should be teaching students the rewards their hard work will reap instead of just dragging them along, biting a ten-dollar bill.

    February 1, 2008 at 9:10 am | Reply
  264. Wickliffe Middle

    This program is unfair to other students who study on their own anyway. YEAH!

    February 1, 2008 at 12:12 pm | Reply
  265. Wickliffe Middle

    This program is a disgrace to students that try to do well on their own. there are other ways to make money than by doing something you should already being doing as a student.

    February 1, 2008 at 12:14 pm | Reply
  266. Wickliffe Middle

    While this may be a way to get some troubled students interested in school, we don't feel it's fair for students who do well in school and don't get picked to participate in the program.

    February 1, 2008 at 12:16 pm | Reply
  267. Sparkle 17

    i dont really think that students should get paid for studding. if i can go in my class and make good greads everybody else should be able to do it to. i now that these kids are smart and can do the work without getting paid for it. i mean it is not verry herd to do if you put your mine to it.

    February 1, 2008 at 2:53 pm | Reply
  268. Natalie

    I think it is an amazing idea! I think students will try much harder, c'mon...they get paid! The only problem with it i think is that stuadents who are already doing good wont get recognized! What do you think>?!

    February 1, 2008 at 5:38 pm | Reply
  269. breanna

    UHHHH ITS NOT A GOOD IDEA WHY WOULD YOU BUY OFF SOMEONE FOR WORKING...because there picking people with low scores so if people get chosen wouldnt they think there idiots????SERIOUSLY BEING BRIBED TO DO THAT IS SOOOOO STUPID

    February 1, 2008 at 6:09 pm | Reply
  270. JT

    It really depends on who the student is because some students really want to start to study more and need a little motivation but as well some kids are just greedy! But it all depends on how persistant they are of there goals!

    February 1, 2008 at 6:45 pm | Reply
  271. ~Victoria!!

    Personally, i think paying students to learn is not the best way to make students want to learn. My reasons for this statement is that if the students are that unmotivated to learn then i think in stead of bribing them, the schools should punish the students by giving them detentions and not letting them go to after school functions. This is already happening in most schools. Yet, it is still not working. Although, maybe if the disipline was even higher, then it might work better!!

    February 5, 2008 at 2:08 am | Reply
  272. Autum

    i think it's a good idea to pay the students who need the study time, but i also think it's unfair to the kids who work hard to do well and not get anything in return!!

    February 5, 2008 at 3:20 pm | Reply
  273. Herbie

    "I believe it's idiotic to recieve payment for something that can only benefit
    you ( not that I'm opposed to rewards...)."

    February 5, 2008 at 4:31 pm | Reply
  274. Maria!

    I think it is a bad idea to pay students to study. They might not study they might just seem like there learning but there not. They just want the money and the awards. But what about the students with good grades they work hard to get good grades and they get nothing.

    February 5, 2008 at 10:31 pm | Reply
  275. Alex

    Absolutly ridiculous. As a student in colorado, we dont have any of that in our schools. You are taught to study hard to begin with and if you dont you will be sunk. There are other ways to deal with this besides paying them. And are you going to pay the kids who WORKED HARD FROM THE BEGGINING. Why is it that the kids who do bad get paid??

    Doesnt make since. Unbelievable ridiculous!

    February 6, 2008 at 10:45 am | Reply
  276. karoline

    I dont think being payed to study is agood thing becuase when students are payed to study they could be day dreaming or something like that when you think they are studying. so I dont think its a good idea because then your also paying them for pretty much doing nothing

    February 6, 2008 at 6:55 pm | Reply
  277. Jamie

    I think that kids should get paid for working hard not to work hard

    February 6, 2008 at 10:00 pm | Reply
  278. Madi

    I think that the learn to earn program has good intentions but it doesn't work out in the end.Students won't study on their own.

    February 7, 2008 at 9:43 am | Reply
  279. Brooke

    I think it would be nice to get paid to study. If I got paid to study i would try a lot harder in school.

    February 7, 2008 at 2:35 pm | Reply
  280. Hannah

    I think it's not a good idea because people will start just doing it to get paid and then after they are let go out of this club they will not study because they won't get paid.

    February 8, 2008 at 7:20 pm | Reply
  281. Carl

    Millions sent in to teach kids. Then pay them $8 to learn. Then still fail (lose lose). Minimum wage in my state is $7.25

    February 9, 2008 at 4:55 am | Reply
  282. Ashley S.

    I get to go out to eat but not get paid I think they should not be able to and they should have to work hard to get good grades and not be like paid they should do good in school with out getting paid for it!!!!!!!:)

    February 11, 2008 at 7:07 pm | Reply
  283. Hannah

    I think that if students are getting paid to study it won' t be good, because once the students are let out from the club they won't study anymore because they won't get paid.

    February 11, 2008 at 7:29 pm | Reply
  284. nicholas

    BAD IDEA!!!!!! They Can Pretend To Study And Still Get Paid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 17, 2008 at 2:15 pm | Reply
  285. Dale

    Well, I think that paying students to study is a good thing. People can get reduced lunch because they have a low income, why not pay them to study because they have a low income and it could help them out with bills PS: CARL ROCKS!!!!!

    May 20, 2008 at 2:34 pm | Reply
  286. Drew

    I don't like the idea because if kids in my class work really hard and if I don't and I made money for studing it just wouldnt be fair to my fellow class mates that i'm lackadasical and and makeing money and there working hard and don't get a penny out of it is just not right.P.S. CARL ROCKS!

    May 20, 2008 at 2:36 pm | Reply
  287. Lauren

    Well I kinda think its dumb in a way but it dose sound like it works!
    Where do they get the money?
    It is unfair though!!!
    Im a student that works hard!
    so if they did that at my school I would be mad!

    May 20, 2008 at 4:15 pm | Reply
  288. D-Fish

    I don't like it because kids can just smile and nod there way into easy money.

    May 20, 2008 at 6:23 pm | Reply
  289. Ezra

    I believe in response for others concernes about paying kids who already work hard for there grades. I think that it would just be a bonus to those select kids. My belief is that most kids don't understand why they have to learn about things that they may think will never show up in the real world.

    P.S. Acts as a motivator.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:34 pm | Reply
  290. Billy

    this idea is completely ridiculous. why do we students have to get paid just to work or study? its our choice to do what we want to do. Money should not be a bribe for learning. Also, what happens to the kids who already have good grades? this is an unfair idea to everyone.

    May 22, 2008 at 8:40 pm | Reply
  291. Anna-Lise

    I think that kids just need to know why studying hard will pay off. My favorite teacher this year was my math teacher who almost daily reinforced the answer to "Why do math? Why do school?" He was great! He talked about how "you don't want to be the guy flipping burgers at McDonald's; you want be the one that owns the McDonald's."
    If a student is unmotivated to the point where cash rewards will boost studying, then forget it! I mean, seriously! If you study now, you will get paid later in life, that is, if you use your gained knowledge.
    I am downright against this idea.

    June 7, 2008 at 6:37 pm | Reply
  292. Kaitlyn

    That is insane they should not get paid. All parents instantly should be involved in their childrens education if they are not then that is weong and they shoulf know it.

    Students should not get paid either.They should know to study if they dont that is there problem because they will fail

    September 16, 2008 at 4:03 pm | Reply
  293. Syllidie

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    August 20, 2009 at 10:28 am | Reply

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