Author archives: Brittany Smith

Capital Gains Loses

by Brittany Smith

October 21, 2008

Fourteen middle schools around D.C. have recently implemented a new program called Capital Gains along with New York and Chicago city schools. The program was designed by Harvard economist and researcher Roland Fryer to increase incentive for low income students to do their work and attend school. Hence, the reason why Harvard is covering half the cost of the $2.7 million dollar project, and the District has to pay the rest.

The D.C. students that are participating in the program have the potential to earn up to $100 a month for doing things like their homework, having a good attendance record and getting good grades.

But it begs the question, why pay people to do something they are required to do? Is paying them actually going to help students learn things like responsibility, hard work and duty? And what about the other middle schoolers in the District that go to school, turn their homework in on time and study without getting a paycheck? It seems that monetary incentive is telling these kids that they aren’t capable of learning on their own, that they have to be tricked into submission and into learning. It sends kids the message that doing the right thing has a price tag and isn’t something that should just be expected.

But of course the students like getting money, who wouldn’t want to get paid to go to school? When Christopher Johnson from Kelly-Miller Middle School was asked about getting paid he said, “People ain’t had money. It’s better now for people to have money than not having money.”

And while there have been no reports of the results of this program yet, it would seem that the money they are paying kids to go to school might be better spent on improving their grammar.

 For more info check out: http://www.wusa9.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=76165&catid=158

The Daily Buzz

by Brittany Smith

October 21, 2008

Here is what we’re talking about at FRC today:

DC Students Get Cash for Good Grades, Behavior—Middle school students in D.C. are getting paid to follow the rules and do their homework.

DEMS GET SET TO MUZZLE THE RIGHT—New York Post article on the possibility of a resurrection The Fairness Doctrine.

Conn. ruling may boost Vt. gay marriage movement—Last week, Connecticut’s top court ruled that civil unions aren’t a substitute for marriage’s full benefits.

BLACKWELL: Voter fraud, an assault on fairness—This op-ed calls for Voter Fraud to be a bi-partisan issue. Both Democrats and Republicans should fight against the rampant fraud that is taking place this election season.

 

The Daily Buzz

by Brittany Smith

October 1, 2008

A few things we’re talking about today at FRC

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