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Michigan school promises cash in exchange for grades


 

By: Reem Ibrahim

 

John Glenn High School, located in Westland, Michigan has began paying students $200 per semester if they maintain good grades. Brandon Allen, a student attending the school, signed the contract because he wants to make sure senioritis doesn’t corrupt his progress and ruin his grades. USA Today reports, “I heard that senioritis is a real thing. I figured that if I signed up for this program, it would keep me on track,” stated Allen.

Along with the $400 students can earn in a school year, the student who has the highest percentage in his or her grade will also receive a one year scholarship to the Wayne County Community College District or Schoolcraft College. The reasoning behind this program is to simply encourage students to do better and to succeed. The school psychologist, Lou Przybylski, stated, “paying kids may seem like a dissonant concept to some or a form of bribery to others. But the offer to pay students ‘becomes a carrot that attracts their interest.’”

By grabbing the student’s attention, their tendency to work harder increases tremendously. USA Today reports that 25% of the students that enroll meet their goal, while the other 65% improve their grades. An example of a goal would be Allen having to improve from a 3.5 GPA to a 4.0 GPA which means getting all A’s in most classes.

The program, though, doesn’t necessarily motivate all the students. Przybylski spoke of a football player that was very hesitant to sign up for the program, until the option of donating money to a charity was allowed then he was supportive of the program. Despite that situation, Przybylski also told of a parent who was in tears because of the progress her son made ever since he signed up for the program.

The program is definitely an incredible lesson to students. It teaches them that if you work hard and succeed, then you’ll be guaranteed a positive outcome in the end. It’s a great reward for their hard work.