speech written on 27-07-2023

Parents must not pay kids for good grades

Ladies and gentlemen, esteemed educators and parents, Today, I stand before you to shed light on an increasingly concerning trend: the practice of parents paying their children for good grades. While the intention behind this act may be noble, I firmly believe that such an approach is misguided and detrimental to the overall development of our young learners. Therefore, I beseech you, let us put an end to this practice of incentivizing good grades with monetary rewards. Education, undoubtedly, is the cornerstone of a successful and fulfilling life. It is the key that unlocks the doors to endless possibilities, enabling individuals to realize their true potential. However, we must question whether paying our children for good grades truly fosters a genuine love for learning and a thirst for knowledge. The truth is, these extrinsic rewards shift the focus from learning to earning, from passion to pecuniary gain. By rewarding our children with money, we inadvertently strip away the intrinsic motivation that should drive their academic pursuits. We convey the message that education is a mere transaction, and that the ultimate goal is not learning itself, but solely the accumulation of wealth. Instead of instilling a sense of curiosity, wonder, and enthusiasm for knowledge, we cultivate a mindset of materialism and the expectation of immediate external rewards. Moreover, paying children for good grades perpetuates a flawed notion that success is directly proportional to monetary gain. It disregards the immeasurable value of character development, the love of learning, and the acquisition of important life skills such as perseverance, discipline, and resilience. Our children need to understand that true success encompasses much more than a report card filled with straight A's; it is about becoming well-rounded individuals with a strong moral compass. Furthermore, this practice can lead to unintended consequences that negatively impact the parent-child relationship. Instead of fostering open communication, mutual trust, and emotional support, paying children for grades creates an unhealthy dynamic where their self-worth is tied to their academic achievements. We run the risk of placing undue pressure on our children, causing heightened levels of stress, anxiety, and even feelings of inadequacy if they fall short of expectations. Education should be a shared journey between parents, teachers, and students, rooted in love, understanding, and compassion. Instead of relying on bribes and external rewards, let us emphasize the importance of intrinsic motivation and self-discipline. Our children should be encouraged to pursue knowledge for the sake of knowledge, not for monetary gain. We should teach them the joy of learning, the pleasure of discovery, and the satisfaction of overcoming challenges. By fostering a genuine love for education, we equip them with the skills and mindset to face the ever-evolving demands of the world. In conclusion, parents must realize that paying children for good grades is ultimately counterproductive, leading to a diminished understanding of the true value of education. Let us shift our focus towards nurturing intrinsic motivation, fostering a love for learning, and helping our children develop as well-rounded individuals. Together, we can empower our children to become passionate learners who will thrive not just in the classroom, but in every aspect of their lives. Thank you.

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