Recruitment & Retention

NYC’s Prizes for Performance Continued

By Kevin Bushweller — November 07, 2007 1 min read

Check out the latest of New York City’s ideas to entice kids with cash prizes and other incentives to get them to do better in school. According to this New York Times story, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is considering a proposal to give some students free cellphones and to reward high academic performance with free cellphone airtime.

Of course, this could be at odds with the city’s ban on cellphones in the schools. But the Mayor sees no potential conflict.

All this prizes-for-performance stuff is beginning to feel a little ridiculous.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Motivation Matters blog.