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... $250. That's the amount of money a non-profit organization called the National Math and Science Initiative Inc. wants to give students and teachers at selected high schools who pass Advanced Placement tests. It's supposed to be an incentive to study hard and do well in school, the Washington Post reports. But will it work? Or does this initiative simply reinforce the notion that kids won't try unless there's a carrot dangling at the end of a stick? Some might argue that teens should try to do well on these and other exams because they want to get a good education that leads them to a prosperous future. Offering incentives, by that standpoint, simply cheapens the education. Would they try as hard if no one offered a reward? One can only hope so. More and more Floridians are taking AP tests and doing well, anyway. Makes you wonder what the $250 will accomplish.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:15am]


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