At 5:00 a.m. my alarm clock went off and I reached over to hit the ‘snooze’. I then found the remote halfway under my pillow and switched on the TV. As I lay there, I contemplated getting up or dozing for the nine minutes until the alarm would sound again. My mind was made up for me when I heard the following being reported on the news: “12 Year Old Wins Car for Perfect Attendance”. A 12 year old girl’s name was randomly chosen out of almost 190,000 children who had perfect attendance. This prize was given for perfect attendance for a three month period. Huh? Not even the whole school year.
Apparently the Chicago Public School system is giving out prizes as incentives for kids to show up to class. I can say I get that. But a car? And to a 12 year old? Don’t you think free passes to Great America or the museum would be more appropriate?
What do you think?