Sunday, April 18, 2010

Bribing kids for success in high school...

I just saw that over on the Daas Torah blog, he has started a topic on bribing kids. His post is related to a friend he had in the early 80's who was bribed not to watch TV for a month. The kid got his $200 for keeping the bargain. He used it to go out and by a big fat TV... hehehe-love the irony, no? So, I was inspired to blog about a discussion had amongst my family....

It's funny, I was just discussing with someone over yontiff, the idea of bribing kids to get good grades. At my stepmother's wake (sorry, but, I AM a gyoress)... my aunt said she was going to bribe her niece, my estranged cousin, to get good grades. I mentioned that I had recently read an article in Psychology Today, which happens to be one of my favorite magazines, about how studies show that success in high school doesn't have the impact we think it does. Really success is better predicted by the support systems in place during the young adult years. Well, a screaming match ensued... but it's quite an interesting topic, what do you think?


  1. "Really success is better predicted by the support systems in place during the young adult years." And that means? Does it not make sense that someone who was successful in high school would be successful in college as a "young adult"? As well, how do we/you define success that it can be measured as having been affected by a strong support system as a young adult?

    Even if studies show (and because there is a study that proves it, there must be a study that proves the opposite as well) that success in high school is not indicative of success later on in life, what is lost (besides a few dollars)?

  2. With rampant grade inflation being the norm, it's not unheard of to get good grades without even know the material. When I was in college, I tutored freshmen who couldn't even write a sentence. Some of them had come straight from AP English into remedial. So, there is not even a real correlation between success in high school and success in college, much less success in life.