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Vaark
05-26-2011, 11:41 AM
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FORT WORTH, Texas Northwest ISD is motivating students to stay in school with an annual car giveaway.

A lucky North Texas high school student won the keys to a 2011 Chevy Camaro for making good grades and showing up to class.
The prize left Kenzie Deaton speechless.
"It's just coming out as crying and happiness," Deaton said. "I thought I was stuck with my mom's car."

"Secondary students are notorious, sometimes, for becoming lax in their grades and attendance. This is a motivation tool for them to work on their grades," said Byron Nelson High School Principal Linda Parker.

Byron Nelson High School, along with Northwest High School and Steele Accelerated High School participated in the incentive program. Friday's rain pushed the drawing indoors, and school leaders went with their plan B.
They drew the names of 25 lucky students from inside the district's TV studio. Students earned tickets throughout the year based on their academic performance. Better attendance and higher grades meant more chances to win.
"We do a tally, and they receive their tickets, put their names on them, put them in the hopper, and cross their fingers and hope they win," Parker said.

The catch is, only one of the 25 winners ends up with the donated car. This year's recipient must wait a while before driving off. Deaton is a high school freshman and is only 14.
"I will probably let my parents drive it until they're ready, and then I'll take it back," Deaton said.
The 24 runners-up each received a Dell Streak 7 Touch Screen Tablet.

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Locke
05-26-2011, 12:12 PM
All I got for attending class was attitude from my douchebag teachers...

Bumpus
05-26-2011, 01:25 PM
All I got for attending class was attitude from my douchebag teachers...

All I got for attending class was attitude from my douchebag students ... well, that and a paycheck. :lol:

NY8123
05-26-2011, 01:35 PM
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Yet they continue to cut high school sports and after school activities that teach lessons like, team work, reaching a common goal, setting objectives etc... in lieu of reward of singular effort on something that is a requirement of society.

I am I the only one that sees flaw in this logic?

rob19
05-26-2011, 02:48 PM
I missed more than 1/3 of the school year, every year. (60+ absences, 180day school year)

Still graduated with a 3.4 and 1250 (1600) SAT scores

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But seriously this is a stupid idea. The kids with the best grades and attendance are going to have the best grades/attendance regardless of any give aways... you don't need to more incentives for the top 1-2%...

If you want to make more of a school wide impact on attendance, give smaller cash prizes away to all students who meet a certain attendance criteria instead of just one REALLY expensive prize, and 24 less expensive, but still pretty expensive prizes. Most of the kids in school aren't perfect attendance/4.0gpa kids, most kids are C students with average attendance. And to those kids, the B, C, & D students? They know this prize isn't for them, they know there's absolutely no possibility of them winning, so why even try? So if you try to appeal to that crowd, the majority, than you'd make a bigger impact in attendance overall.. instead of just pandering to the top 2%.. **** people are stupid

I think this is the socialist in me talking

Locke
05-26-2011, 03:19 PM
All I got for attending class was attitude from my douchebag students ... well, that and a paycheck. :lol:

Not saying all teachers are douchebags. I grew up in a small town where anyone who wasn't white was treated like they were retarded and/or future criminals. It pissed the administrators off so bad when I got a scholarship to UNM and their kids didn't. One of the douchebags actually tried to sabotage it. I kind of want to go back after I get my PhD just to see if I can make their heads explode...

Valandui
05-26-2011, 04:02 PM
I missed more than 1/3 of the school year, every year. (60+ absences, 180day school year)

Still graduated with a 3.4 and 1250 (1600) SAT scores

winninghttp://www.finheaven.com/images/imported/2011/05/charlie_sheen-1.jpg

But seriously this is a stupid idea. The kids with the best grades and attendance are going to have the best grades/attendance regardless of any give aways... you don't need to more incentives for the top 1-2%...

If you want to make more of a school wide impact on attendance, give smaller cash prizes away to all students who meet a certain attendance criteria instead of just one REALLY expensive prize, and 24 less expensive, but still pretty expensive prizes. Most of the kids in school aren't perfect attendance/4.0gpa kids, most kids are C students with average attendance. And to those kids, the B, C, & D students? They know this prize isn't for them, they know there's absolutely no possibility of them winning, so why even try? So if you try to appeal to that crowd, the majority, than you'd make a bigger impact in attendance overall.. instead of just pandering to the top 2%.. **** people are stupid

I think this is the socialist in me talking

I actually think it's more socialist to teach the kids to expect handouts for doing something that they probably should already be doing in the first place. It teaches them to become dependent on the government for their well being and helps reinforce society's current entitlement mindset.

rob19
05-26-2011, 05:10 PM
I actually think it's more socialist to teach the kids to expect handouts for doing something that they probably should already be doing in the first place. It teaches them to become dependent on the government for their well being and helps reinforce society's current entitlement mindset.

maybe you missed my point

if you're going to create an incentive program with the hopes of bolstering school wide attendance or "keep kids in school" or whatever, appealing to the top 1% isn't the way to do it.. my highschool had over 3500 students... and you're trying to bolster school wide attendance by giving prizes to less than the top 1% of the school?

All this does is creates a feverish race between the 10 smartest geeks in school to get the highest grade point average while the other 99% of the school carries on as normal.. as they all know they don't have a chance in hell

the only way this is a good idea is if the car was donated or something for free.. and tax payer or budget money wasn't involved at all

rob19
05-26-2011, 05:13 PM
Also I don't think something like a 50$ check a year for a 14 year old for having perfect attendance necessarily leads to a life of welfare dependency..

rob19
05-26-2011, 05:51 PM
and those touch pads things are 400$ a piece.. (if) they weren't donated aswell, don't you think it'd be a better idea to give a 50 dollar cash prize to 192 kids, rather than a 400$ prize to 24 kids?

Valandui
05-26-2011, 07:13 PM
maybe you missed my point

if you're going to create an incentive program with the hopes of bolstering school wide attendance or "keep kids in school" or whatever, appealing to the top 1% isn't the way to do it.. my highschool had over 3500 students... and you're trying to bolster school wide attendance by giving prizes to less than the top 1% of the school?

All this does is creates a feverish race between the 10 smartest geeks in school to get the highest grade point average while the other 99% of the school carries on as normal.. as they all know they don't have a chance in hell

the only way this is a good idea is if the car was donated or something for free.. and tax payer or budget money wasn't involved at all
Sorry about that. I was half asleep and in rant mode when I read that.