Need money, will test

Education has been in the media spotlight recently. Among the lamenting of a strained system and broken foundations, plenty of word space has been committed to discussing the future.

After a long, rainy day in Brussels over spring break, we traveled to Lanaken, Belgium to stay at the house of a friend of a friend (double take).

Scott and Shirley’s son is a senior deciding on schooling for the fall. That led to a coffee-infused late night discussion about the merits of educational measurement.

What if, I posed, colleges reimbursed students for their grades?

“Schools wouldn’t give away cheap grades,” Scott said. And classes would likely be much more challenging, he added.


Detractors might argue that it’s a pay-to-play strategy, or that education would inherently be cheapened by compensation.

It’s akin to parents bumping up an allowance for every A a child earns.

I don’t necessarily agree with that strategy, but offering compensation in the form of a tuition rebate might hold college students more accountable and produce a more capable population of citizens.

Students might strive for better grades only to seek beer money. Okay. As long as they are learning and developing a passion, does it matter how the journey is funded?

I sense a story.

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