Students who do well should be paid
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- I would like to suggest a way to lessen the high rate of dropouts from school:
When a child completes the freshman year, he or she will be given a certificate which states: "You have completed your freshman year of school with less than five (suggested number) days absent and with a C average in all necessary classes. In recognition of this achievement, you are hereby awarded a check for $100."
Completing the sophomore and junior years would bring the same notice with the same amount. This will reward the child for completing successfully each year of school. You already know that money talks. When the child has graduated from high school, he should be given a check for $500 with his certificate. This will reward the child and give him some money for further education.
Most people will say this will be too expensive, but I think it would save the state and taxpayers money. Students would better complete their education, giving them a better chance of getting good jobs -- becoming future taxpaying citizens of the state. If this would help keep the person off welfare and lessen unemployment, it would be well worth the smaller amount of money to accomplish the good outcome.
Patricia B. Jurak