January 23rd, 2008
07:45 PM ET

Getting Paid to Study?!


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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