I skimmed through some of the responses and have a slightly different perspective or a few perspectives.
First, DC has been in a few schools (we pulled her out of one with a really poor reward system - because of the reward system!) and also because we moved a couple times. What I have found is that the reward systems and behavior in class do not seem to go hand in hand. BY FAR, the best behaved class DC has been in is one with NO reward/punishment system at all.
Second, I would not underestimate how influential your opinion may be. IF it is a school wide policy that has been effect for a long time, maybe you will have some problems but if not, I'd give it a try. At DC's current school they had a system where they withheld recess minutes. I was appalled and complained early in the year (I brought in a few articles to back up my opinion). In general I was happy with the school and left it at that. Turns out the school rethought the policy throughout the year and decided to do away with it the following year. I'm sure it wasn't just what I said but I'm sure that was a factor.
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