Why Grades and Rewards Don’t Mix (A True Story)

A father of a fifth grader decided to give his son $5 for each A on his report card. The first marking period the child received eight A’s and $40 from his father.

The second marking period ended in January and report cards went home at the beginning of February. The father was quite upset, since his son had dropped to only one A, 2 B’s and the rest C’s.

In the conference with the father, the teacher suggested they call the youngster in to see what the problem was. The boy came into the office, sat down, and they began to talk. The teacher’s first question was, “How come your grades have slipped so much this marking period?”

The boy quickly responded, “I didn’t need the money!”

The father slumped in the chair.