An article in last week’s Time magazine chronicled an experiment run by Harvard economist Roland Fryer Jr. In the experiment, students in hundreds of classrooms in multiple cities were bribed with different amounts of money to achieve good test scores and not fight with one another. The experiment was run in schools in Chicago, Dallas, Washington, D.C., and New York. What, in your opinion, are the advantages and/or disadvantages of this strategy? Or do you side with the critics who say kids should not be rewarded for things they should be doing anyway?
God’s ways are the best pattern for us in any area of life. So let’s consider what he says about raising children in Ephesians 6:1-3: “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother [which is the first commandment with a promise], that it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth.”