Late night funnyman Stephen Colbert, of all people, examined the issue of paying students for performing well in school this week. On Monday, Colbert hosted economist Roland Fryer, who has developed a program for paying students for achievement in school. Students are taking part in these sorts of programs in Chicago, New York, the District of Columbia, and other areas.
Remarked Colbert: “If it works, look forward to Secretary of Education Alex Trebek.”
And later: “What is wrong with the older generation’s way of doing things, where they paid kids to do well in school by not opening a can of unholy whoop-ass? That was the currency I was raised with.”
A version of this news article first appeared in the Curriculum Matters blog.