WF042 - How To Reward Children

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Rewarding children

Giving children money is a common form of (MOTIVATE) used by parents with high (EXPECT) to make their children work harder for exams. Some youngsters receive (PAY) as high as €100 for each A grade they get at their final exams. But should such rewards be based on exam (PERFORM) , or should they, as many parents and teachers feel, be offered in (RECOGNIZE) of a child's efforts , (REGARD) of the results?

The latter approach would solve the problem of how parents reward their children with different levels of (ABLE) . Imagine , for example , a family with one child who is (ACADEMIC) gifted and another who has learning (DIFFICULT). The dangers of result-related rewards for the second child are clear; with little chance of obtaining higher grades , the withholding of promised (FINANCE) rewards would only (STRONG) the child's feeling of (FAIL).

However, some leading educational (PSYCHOLOGY) believe that parents should rely on their own (JUDGE) in such matters. They say that if parents feel that money will motivate their child , then they should not be condemned for operating a system of cash payouts.