Linda & Richard Eyre: Should kids get paid for good grades?

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  • Kalindra Salt Lake City, Utah
    July 10, 2013 2:49 p.m.

    Here's my problem with the story in the article and the conclusion: Just because the one girl was getting paid immediately for good grades, that doesn't mean she is not learning the importance of education nor does it mean she is not going to have the same opportunities for future income as the authors' daughter.

    And other than the fact that didn't want or couldn't afford to pay their child for good grades, there is no reason presented why parents shouldn't.

    When the conversation about money for grades came up at my house, we were told that, while it would be nice if our parents could afford to pay us for good grades, we needed to realize that there are things they provide for us instead - and we could decide if we would rather have the money or the stuff throughout the year, and the decision had to unanimous. If we opted for the money, we would need to use it if we wanted things the next year. We all opted for stuff.

    This taught us the value of working together as a family and appreciation for what our parents provided us.

  • JP71 Ogden, UT
    July 10, 2013 12:33 p.m.

    I 100 percent believe in paying for good grades but 100 dollars is excessive. In the real world you benefit from hard work and it's a good teaching tool to show that if you work hard you will profit in one way or another. In school I did OK but once in high school my parents told me that if I got A's I would get a pager. I worked hard and went from B's to A's in one semester.

  • washcomom Beaverton, OR
    July 9, 2013 11:55 p.m.

    I never paid my kids for their grades. I just expected them to do their very best. And they always got well-deserved praise for doing an awesome job!

  • carman Wasatch Front, UT
    July 9, 2013 7:02 p.m.

    I agree with the Eyre's on this. Help your children see the real benefits of an education by 1) your example and encouragement (in other words, parents need to be continually learning!). 2) the data/facts such as the economic benefits of a practical education. Then let them feel the sense of accomplishment and joy of learning for a solid effort. Lastly, give them the tools they need to succeed (your time, a quiet place to study, flexibility in their schedule when needed, etc).

    An investment in your children's education will pay parents a huge dividend

  • LelandTC West Valley City, 00
    July 9, 2013 5:31 p.m.

    Don't let my kids see this! I get by with 1.00 for for each A and 50.00 for straight A's.
    Admittedly this only worked for 2 of my kids. The others felt it wasn't worth the effort. I doubt 100,000.00 a year would be worth it to them either. In the current real world you have to consider the time it takes to pay back the student loans as well. If you really want to make 6 figures, you need to be a student loan shark ;).

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    July 9, 2013 4:10 p.m.

    no reason - under Obama you get paid the same whether you get good grades or not...all part of being fair.