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Should Low-Income Students Be Paid to Study?

Students from low-income families are being offered $8 an hour to do their homework. A Georgia based nonprofit group, Learn to Earn, wants to get kids into study sessions by offering them some cash, with the hope that they'll enjoy learning once in the classroom.

Despite positive student feedback, the program— developed by the daughter of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich — bothers some educators. Some argue that it treats low-income students like servants of the better off, and reinforces the idea that they are destined to be wage earners.

I don't think money motivation is necessarily bad, as it can reduce financial pressure felt by some students. It kills two birds with one check — students can earn money as if they had an after-school job, without taking time away from school.

Do you think something like this should be available to all students, regardless of their families' economic situations? Are you happy to see low-income students focusing on school, regardless of the motivation?


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