Paying children for their effort in school
One of the methods discussed in the documentary of getting kids interested in their education again was by paying them for their effort and achievement in school. David Baddiel visited a school in America where this was being piloted and came away feeling very positive about the scheme and the futures of some of the children he had met.
I think the end of the article on TimesOnline sums up how I feel about the idea quite nicely: “Aspirational families have always rewarded – with praise and variously priced titbits – their children’s hard work. If that isn’t happening at home, isn’t it OK for the State to step in?” It is a really difficult debate that casts an interesting light on the idea that learning should be fun. Is that going to be enough for some children? If you didn’t manage to see it, then have a read.