Your child will not eat his broccoli. He ignores your entreaties, scoffs at your demands. And so, rather than discipline the scamp, you decide to pay him $100 for every month that he chokes down the vegetable. Plainly put: You bribe him.
Such a parenting strategy is likely to produce a hellion, of course—a juvenile who will learn nothing important and enduring about nutrition, behavior, obedience, personal responsibility, or authority.
And yet, this is exactly the type of misguided educating strategy that Washington, D.C., Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee is poised to enact in the capital city’s classrooms.