Should You Pay Your Kids to Get Good Grades?

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Unless you're a millionaire, your kids probably need good grades to get into a good school. So would it be okay to give them a little financial incentive?

A recent survey asked people if it's a good idea to reward kids for doing well in school by paying them for good grades. And 50% of Americans said YES, it's perfectly fine. 36% said they don't think parents should be paying kids to do well academically. And the remaining 14% weren't sure.

The section of the country that's most on board with it is the Midwest, where 56% of people said it's okay. That's compared to 51% in the western U.S., 48% in the South and 46% of people in the Northeast. Women were slightly more likely to say it's okay: 51%, compared to 48% of men.

And one more interesting stat: It also found people who make a lot of money are less likely to think paying for grades is a good idea. 56% of people who earn less than $40,000 a year said it's fine compared to just 46% of people who make over $80,000 a year. 


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