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FCAT incentives, or, would you home school over $25?



Here's a story out of Jacksonville that caught our eye for several issues it raises.

It's about this charter school called River City Science, where according to First Coast News students were offered $25 per point if they improved their FCAT scores. The school and one of its consultants made the offer.

The test came and went. The kids did well. And some didn't get the money.

So now one mom, Monica Newman, withdrew her daughter to home school her instead. "I don't feel I can trust what they say," she explained to the TV station.

Have we really come to this point, where kids try only for rewards and parents ennable such behavior by saying it's okay to quit if you don't get your reward? We can't help but wonder what the real story might be for a mother to choose to home school rather than send her child to a science-themed charter school that earns A and B grades from the state.

Some even argue that kids are punished by rewards, because they stop trying when the rewards are withdrawn. River City Science's incentive was a one-year offer anyway. Wonder what other parents think about the story. 

[Last modified: Friday, September 2, 2011 9:20am]


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