September 27th, 2008

bridesmaid reception

A thought...

Earlier today I learned something about someone that got me thinking.  What it was and who it was doesn't matter, but the crux of the matter is this:

Do you think it's right to reward people for exams?
If so, where do you draw the line?

Don't understand?  What I'm referring to is this.

Some parents use money as an incentive for their kids.  They tell them that for their exams if they get top grades then they get X amount etc, and it all varies depending on grades and parents.  Over here, people often get money for GCSE's and A-levels, however some get other presents.  You can obviously alter this to other exams or results etc, as seen fit, and people have, but it varies from person to person.

It got me wondering what other people thought about it all.  Do you think it's right?  Would you do it?  Is it the right incentive to give people.

Personally, I don't think so.  I don't agree with it, because most of the time in the real world, you won't be rewarded for doing one piece of work well.  I know you can get pay rises etc but they also depend on how long you've been there.  While it's nice to be rewarded for things, I don't think we should provide false incentives.  If you're only working for something to get the reward, you have the wrong incentive.  You should work hard for things because it is the right thing to do.
I also don't think that people should be given rewards as incentives, because everyone's pass lines are in different places.  If you are really clever, then you'll have a completely different line to someone who may have learning difficulties.  While both may still do the same work, the one may have lower targets to the other, and even though reaches and is nowhere near reaching the standard of the other, they can still achieve things which they feel happy about.

I realise that some people may think that my views are old fashioned, and well, I'm not saying they are, but then all I was given for my GCSE's and Alevels was a verbal congratulations and a card.  I received a card and a mini beanie Plankton from my parents for getting a 2:1 in my degree, and I received 2 lots of flowers from 'friends', neither of which I was expecting at all.
Little things like this make me happy, because they're kind of spontaneous, and I never expect anything, so it's nice when I'm surprised.  It wouldn't be right to automatically expect something at the end of it all, even though you've put in so much work etc.  The best reward you can have is knowing that you have done the best you can, isn't it?

So what I really want to know is what you guys think.  I am fascinated to know whether this is just something that happens in the UK, or if it happens anywhere else, etc.  Am I right to think how I do?  I'm up for a little debate, or just some thought giving.  It's something that's been playing on my mind all day and I just really am interested in what other people think.