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Can Free Cell Phones Motivate Kids to Learn? (UPDATED)

An experiment with 1,500 kids in Oklahoma City, led by Harvard economist Roland Fryer, hopes to find out.


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The days of "learning to love learning" may be behind us. These days, education reformers are coalescing around a kitchen sink approach to turning around failing schools, sagging graduation rates, and students who lag behind their international peers. As Michelle Rhee said this past weekend on This Week with Christiane Amanpour, there is no "one-shot, silver-bullet solution."

One of the ideas kicking around is cash incentives for both students and parents.

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