The response to last week’s post regarding incentivized parenting ™ generated some great debate. Many of the comments, specifically those from a handful of teachers in low income schools, were supportive of the idea to tie student performance to welfare benefits (see here). I think that is promising, especially considering that those teachers are generally concerned with the wellbeing of the students they teach (although an argument could be made that the focus on teacher accountability is shifting teachers’ priorities away from what is best for the students).
Another reader, with some interesting credibility, is also supportive of the idea to tie welfare benefits to academic performance, although she has some reservations:
“I love this idea, as a former welfare recipient and a former case worker in the very same welfare-to-work program I was a client in. One issue that scares me to think about is the backlash this would cause for kids.”
And there were many other comments that raised critical concerns regarding the implementation of a program that has the potential to strip poor families of resources. I have done my best to respond to these concerns and keep the discussion going, but the shelf life of a blog post is only a few days and many readers have surely moved on. With that in mind, I wanted to keep the issue of incentivized parenting alive by discussing some related programs that were featured in a New York Times article from 2011. Continue reading