Some parents offer their school-age children money for each high grade (mark) they get in school. Do you think this is a good idea? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

People have conflicting ideas when it regards the issue of if money is a good reward to children’s outstanding academic performance. In my opinion, I do not believe that it is a wise way of education. One of the biggest concerns about using money as a reward for better academic performance is that many people believe that under no circumstance, there should be no need for extra incentives for what children should otherwise view as necessary. Otherwise, outside motivation will sometimes spur a student to do the minimum in order to ask for the reward more easily. For example, when I was in elementary school, I was confused how my classmate Jackson could better understand what we had learned, most of time he only got mediocre grades on school exams. To my surprise, the reason is that his exam grades continued to gradually improve was because of monetary rewards from his parents. There are many children who have the same idea of Jackson. Regardless of the fact that Jackson was motivated to work hard because of monetary rewards, I do not view this as a healthy method of encouraging children to pursue their education. Therefore, money is indeed a barrier rather than encouragement for children. Moreover, for some students, if they are used to the endeavor-reward system, it doesn’t matter what the exterior motivation is—nothing will force them to do what they don’t want to do. According to a research report done by Sydney University, exterior stimulus, especially money can decrease self-control of children under 12 years old. Children who received material reward show 43% lower intendancy to involve in activities they did not have interest in. In other words, if parents use cash to encourage their children to pursue higher marks, it would lead to possibilities such as their children not doing well in subjects they aren’t naturally interested in. Admittedly, motivation is critical and significant. However, it is important to remember that rewards for grades don’t necessarily have to be in the form of money. This is particularly true if children have other sources of pocket money. The key is that parents should communicate more frequently and give more positive feedback to their children. Children need to be loved, but love does not equal money. In conclusion, I do not recommended parents to reward children with money, since promises of wealth is not the only method of encouragement available.
Submitted by Mahdiyar Amani on
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