A Bad Lesson in Bribery (8/26/08)

Since apparently attendance at Brooks Elementary has fallen to unacceptable levels, the people who run the Bullitt County school have decided to sweeten the pot with rewards for attendance like t-shirts, parties and even bicycles.

I don't know about you, but when my kids were in school, they concentrated on what they'd get if they didn't attend classes. Scoring extra "treats" just for showing up wasn't part of the deal.

I know Brooks isn't the first school to resort to this pitiful act of desperation. But that doesn't make it any less ridiculous.

School is supposed to prepare young people for the real life they'll encounter when they aren't so young anymore. And one of the most important lessons they can learn is that you don't get rave reviews in the adult world simply by doing what's already expected of you.

When mothers and fathers make it clear to their kids that school attendance is a requirement and not an option, it's amazing how those desks fill right up. But when that kind of parental involvement is missing, no school administration is capable of making up the difference, no matter what kinds of bribes are on the table.

Kids should understand that education is its own reward. And if they don't, educators would certainly accomplish more by working with parents to find out why, rather than wasting time coming up with cheap substitutes.

But what do you think? Call and let us know.

I'm Bill Lamb and that's my...Point of View.