Is it useful? Is it right?
The New York Times posted an article
today (March 5, 2008) on a program in NY City Public Schools to pay students to do well on standardized tests. As near as I can glean from the article, a bounty of up to $50 has raised the number of students getting passing grade on the standardized math test from about 40% to about 80%. So far, the city has spent nearly $500,000 on this program this year out of a $14 billion dollar budget
Is this a good way to motivate children? What would be better uses of the money that would help children more?