We have a new Super who has grand plans for improving the numbers in our district. Some things I agree with, however, some I really do not. This is one of the new initiatives-the money will come from a grant: Students in 25 elementary schools will be paid for each of the 200 fifth-grade math objectives they master. The program will include incentives for parents based on their child’s mastery of the math objectives and on their attendance at teacher conferences. Each 5th grade student and his or her parents at the 25 schools will have an opportunity to earn up to $1020 over the school year. Students can earn $2 for every math objective they master and parents will also receive $2 for every math concept completed. In addition, parents will receive $20 for every parent meeting they attend. Students can earn a maximum of $440 and parents can earn a maximum of $580. Is it just me, or is this ridiculous? I'm not much of a believer in extrinsic rewards for learning anyway-but what an example to set. Well, I'll do the work now, since you'll pay me for it. I just think it's really short-sighted and might raise test scores, but won't do anything for motivating kids to really learn in the long run. What happens the following year when there's no payment for learning?