Sunday, April 18, 2010

Should schools beat kids?

“Should Schools Bribe Kids?” asks the cover of Time magazine. The subtitle then reveals “an uncomfortable truth -- it can work (if it’s done right).”

Here’s another uncomfortable truth: Beating kids works, too, if what you want is immediate behavioral compliance. Is whether it “works” the only question we’re allowed to ask about that practice?

My concerns about the use of bribes -- almost none of which are about whether it “works” -- are here.

..How can I comment?