At my job, we bribe our students. Not with Snickers bars, Skittles, or Twizzlers but with cold hard cash. When we needed them to take a math and literacy test so big-pocketed funders could donate to our nonprofit, it was decided by the higher ups to pay the students $40 per test. That is a total of $80 per teenager! They didn’t even have to pass the test with flying colors. As long as they did better than last time, they received their lucrative prize.
The thing is the last time they took the test students bubbled in random answers because they didn’t care. And now a male student received $80 smackeroos because he did “better.” It’s not incredibly difficult to go from 20% to 30%.
But wait, there’s more!
At last meeting, we were told that our high school students will receive $50 per Regents test passed. If they score a 65%, they make $50 bucks instantly per test! They get automatic cash for tests they are required to take by NY state in order to graduate from high school! Plus, we’re giving them gift cards to stores of their choice if they attend Regents Prep. Come to Regents Prep, do zero work, and still get cash!
Their presence is just that great.
This is how we’re molding our future. This is why adolescents feel entitled to everything even when putting minimum or no effort. This is out future, folks. We’re not only going to be fucked, but also broke!