Sunday, February 05, 2006


My daughter brought home a few unusually good report cards. I took her out to dinner at places of her choosing. I'd always read that it was bad to motivate kids with money, so it never entered my mind.

Several school districts, though, disagree, rewarding attendance with money, iPods, DVD players, and even a car, in the case of one district in Hartford, Connecticut.

I think a big problem in this country is that we see little or no intrinsic value in education. But let's forget about that.

Are our kids now so short-sighted that they can't see the practical potential of an education in this job market without us waving immediate incentives in front of their faces?
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