Do you think kids should be paid for good grades?

When you were a kid, did your parents incentivize your grades? Meaning, did you get money for A's? Or, if you're a parent, do you pay your kids for getting good grades?

A recent survey asked people if it's a good idea to reward kids for doing well in school by paying them for good grades, and 50% of Americans said YES, it's perfectly fine. 
36% said they don't think parents should be paying kids to do well academically. And the remaining 14% weren't sure.
The section of the country that's most on board with it is the Midwest, where 56% of people said it's okay. That's compared to 51% in the western U.S. . . .48% in the South . . . and 46% of people in the Northeast.
Women were slightly more likely to say it's okay: 51%, compared to 48% of men.
And one more interesting stat: It also found people who make a lot of money are LESS likely to think paying for grades is a good idea.
56% of people who earn less than $40,000 a year said it's fine . . . compared to just 46% of people who make over $80,000 a year. 

All that being said, I'm in the "no" half of the survey. I think when you're a kid, you have one job, and that's to go to school and do well. I don't think kids should be paid to do what they're supposed to do anyway. (To be fair, you're talking to someone who didn't even get an allowance...my mom used to say, "I allow you to live here for free, so stop asking me for money." We were also pretty broke growing up, so even if she wanted to, my mom didn't have the money to give!)

That's not to say I don't think children should be rewarded for a good performance, but I think the reward should come in the form of doing something fun, not getting paid in cash. But hey, at least half of people disagree with me! Feel free to let me know what you think!

Lots more data on the topic HERE.

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