The drop-out rate in schools in America has been a problem for many years. It has been an equally tremendous problem in pinpointing a solution. But, it seems that one thing that young people have always responded to at home is being used at school…allowance.
In Washington, D.C., the public schools are trying out an experiment in offering students money to further education through a summer program called, “Summer Bridge”. The offer is for those 9th graders that are identified as “less likely than their peers” to graduate on time according to the Huffington Post report quoting the Washington Examiner.
The report states that the “District of Columbia is paying more than 300 students $5.25 an hour to attend summer school.” The report reveals in startling statistics that the city’s schools only graduate 53 percent of its students within four years.
The Pay-to-Behave program was pushed forward by Harvard economist Roland Fryer who felt that the best motivator would come in the form of cash for students that are “unmotivated” or “underperforming.”
“The theory here is to try innovative things that will help children achieve,” Fryer told NPR in 2008. “In our urban centers, we’re spending $12,000, $15,000 a kid, and we’re not getting any results. So we must do something.
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