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Bribing Kids in School


The Chicago school system’s plan to bribe kids to attend school is objectional in so many ways: it teaches kids that normal behavior brings extraordinary reward; it pressures students who don’t care about school to sit in class and annoy those who actually want to learn; and the motive is nothing more than getting more cash into the school system by pumping up attendance numbers.

But the single most objectional element in this story is the Chicago School CEO’s claim that he was merely trying to “incent improvement.”

Incent? INCENT? Oh, please, no! Not another noun/verb bastardizing disaster. I’m going to effort a formal public objection immediately.