Please, pretty please, kids–Show up for school!
That seems to be the message Detroit schools are sending with a new plan to give free Nike sneakers to every student who shows up to class on October 3rd. That day is “student count day,” which is the day on which pupil counts will determine levels of state and federal funding for the cash-strapped school district.
Never mind the fact that Detroit seems to by trying to game the system by making its average daily attendance appear higher than it normally would be without a free Nike giveaway. Let’s just focus on the idea of bribing kids to go to school… Isn’t it a sad commentary on our society that parents aren’t raising their kids to value education itself?
What’s next–system-wide cash payouts for good grades? Never say never.
When it comes to diligence, work ethic, and good character, sneakers and dollar bills are no substitute for good parenting.
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