Ok, first let me say that this situation absolutely, positively infuriates me.
I work at a local, public elementary school as a Classroom Literacy Assistant. The school is a low-income, Title One school that participates in the Reading 1st program.
The students, upon reading a certain number of books at a certain level are given *rewards*, also called "motivational incentives". Ok, this I don't have a problem with, although I do think that reading/learning should be considered a reward in itself, but I do understand.
These are the *rewards* that the students (K-6th grade) can choose from:
A can of soda (Pepsi, Dr. Pepper or Root Beer)
A can of Mountain Ice (sparkling fruit beverage)
A bag of popcorn
candy bar of their choice (snickers, butterfinger, etc)
Ice cream bars
Hostess chocolate cupcakes or twinkies
Now, some kids get more than one reward and come back to their classrooms with a bag full of multiple items!!!
I am not against public schools, in fact I start my Masters in Education in the fall to become an elementary school teacher and I plan on working in the low-income schools. Teaching is my passion and I have taught ESL here in the US and abroad in both public and private schools. This is the first time I have come across using full-size candy bars, sodas, etc for *motivation* to read.
This makes me so sad and angry, but I swear it feels like I end up
because I am in the minority on this issue. The 3rd grade classroom teacher I work with is in complete agreement with me, as are a few others, but the rest have this "oh, it is just a little bit of sugar" or "whatelse are you suppose to motivate them with".
How am I suppose to teach my son good, healthy eating habits when he is *rewarded* at school with candy and soda?????
Granted, he is only 19.5 months old, but does that matter?
Ok, thanks for letting me vent in your forum. I so appreciate it, nobody really seems to understand and they all think I am some sort of freak.