Morning Roundup:From Time: Should Kids Be Bribed to Do Well In School? Teachers complain that we are rewarding kids for doing...
From Time: Should Kids Be Bribed to Do Well In School?
Teachers complain that we are rewarding kids for doing what they should be doing of their own volition. Psychologists warn that money can actually make kids perform worse by cheapening the act of learning. Parents predict widespread slacking after the incentives go away. And at least one think-tank scholar has denounced the strategy as racist. The debate has become a proxy battle for the larger war over why our kids are not learning at the rate they should be despite decades of reforms and budget increases. But all this time, there has been only one real question, particularly in America's lowest-performing schools: Does it work?
From The Washington Post: Catholic school in Indonesia seeks recognition for its role in Obama's life
Long shadowed in the United States by dark rumors that he attended a radical Muslim school while growing up in Indonesia, President Obama faces pressure from some old school pals to finally come clean about the past.
From the Boston Globe: Newton school board budget cuts $500,000 from lunch program
The Newton School Committee voted Monday to adopt a budget for next fiscal year that cuts $500,000 from the district’s lunch program, despite protests by cafeteria workers expressing concern that the savings would be achieved through privatization.
From The New York Times: Selling Minority Students on a Career in Marketing
BrandLab tries to expose minority students in Minneapolis and St. Paul to marketing and advertising jobs.
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