Remember when going to school and doing well was required? Somewhere deep inside your head when your parents said “study hard or else you won’t get a good job,” “or you won’t get into college” it stuck and you at least went to school and tried. Also, there was the threat of failure and having to repeat a grade, which was a social fate worse than acne, so you did your best.
Well, those days are done, and have been so for some time. It’s getting more and more difficult to get some kids to try in school and engage parents into even giving that speech.
No kid ever loves school, except weird ones, but not everyone hated every minute of it. And few, if any, took pride in failure. Most struggling students didn’t want to fail, so they would do what was necessary to get a passing grade, even a low one. Not any more, not in Georgia.
The Fulton County school district is now going to offer money to students who are failing to get them to participate in after school tutoring programs. The “job” pays $8 an hour, plus bonuses if their grades improve. It’s called “Earn & Learn” and is a 15 week program for 8th and 11th graders.
We remember a similar plan we grew up under, it was called do what was expected of you or get grounded.