Saturday, August 16, 2008

What If...

...the government told parents they would not give them their welfare checks until their kids had no D's or F's on their progress reports at school?



(I cannot take credit for this idea, but I bet you can guess who came up with it.) I think it's a pretty good thought and, despite the possibility of some extra work, I am pretty sure teachers would be on board with the policy as well. Any teacher I know would like to see their students succeed, even if that meant a little more paperwork.

I realize this presupposes that kids whose families are on welfare do more poorly in school than kids whose families, but I am sure there is some evidence out there to support that. If I get some free time, I'll look around for the stats, but for now just take my humble opinion. (But please don't think I'm trying to say that all kids on welfare do poorly; some do extremely well in school.)

Wisconsin began linking welfare checks to students' attendance in 1989, and the state was met by some staunch opponents. Here's what happened then.

Thoughts? Would linking checks to grades be a good idea?