Paying students to study hard

Desperate to make up for lost learning due to the pandemic, some propose paying students for attendance, behavior and homework (“How to Make Up the Covid Learning Loss,” The Wall Street Journal, May 30). At first glance, that seems reasonable enough, but I say there’s a better way.

What if K-12 education were not a right but a privilege? In countries treating education that way, students treasure going to school.  But when it is guaranteed as a right, it is taken for granted. We see evidence of that in the difference between behavior in private schools as compared with public schools.

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