Q. My son gets average grades, but I know he could do better. Some parents pay their children for good grades. Is this a good idea?
A. Yesterday, grade cards were issued to all students in the Norwalk City Schools. As parents, we all want our children to do well and we are constantly looking for ways to motivate our children. Often times, parents feel that they should pay their children for achieving good grades. Periodically, some schools do experiment by offering a financial incentive to boost motivation. As recently as this year, two schools in Georgia are participating in the "Learn & Earn" initiative which pays students an hourly wage for taking math and science classes. This initiative was the brainstorm of former House Speaker, Newt Gingrich. This latest experiment notwithstanding, most experts believe that paying for good grades is a bad idea.