Monday, December 8, 2008
Bribery or Justifiable Incentive?
My son who is a senior in high school told me something interesting yesterday. He said that for the past year, one of the high schools in our county has been paying students $100 for each AP (Advanced Placement) exam they take if they receive a higher-than-average grade. And, the teachers in the AP classes get $100 per student if the student gets the good grade. That means some of the teachers could make up to $3000 per class (and most teach multiple classes).
My son said that the program has been such a success that it is going to be extended to all county high schools (9 of them). He said that he was told part of the money to fund the program comes from Exxon Mobil Corporation and some from the county’s education budget.
Something about this bothers me, though I am unable to put that into words yet. I do know that all state and local budgets are being cut, and I wonder what else might be cut so this payment program can continue. What do you think? Do other school districts do this type of thing?