Have you ever revoked a privilege to teach a lesson? For the administrators of The Collegiate Institute for Math and Science in New York City, tough love proved to be just the ticket to better grades.
Faced with the prospect of having to hold back as many as 28 of the 140 seniors from graduation, school officials let the senior class know that prom would be canceled if all of them didn't improve their grades enough to graduate. Though some seniors initially thought the warning was a bluff, the class eventually rallied to raise their grades. As student Lala-Marie Perez told FOX 5 News, "We the seniors knew we could be doing better than we were doing." Now, Perez's entire class will have both the prom and graduation to look forward to.
Would a tactic like this work with your kids?