Behavior / Food as Reward / School

Gummy Bears for Extra Credit?

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Yesterday my daughter told me she turned down another offer of food as a reward at school. This time it was gummy bears for extra credit in math class. Funny, I thought the extra credit was supposed to be a reward all by itself. When I told my daughter this she said, “How else will they get the other students to do it?” Makes me wonder what are we teaching kids about hard work and effort.
Here are the links to my posts about using treats for math: http://kyhealthykids.com/2013/03/07/cupcakes-math-and-sugar-limits/
Not using food as a reward: http://kyhealthykids.com/2014/04/18/white-paper-use-of-food-in-classrooms/
And my desperation strategy to get my kids to say no thank you to the school sugar overload: http://kyhealthykids.com/2013/10/29/desperation-strategy-for-school-sugar-overload/

2 thoughts on “Gummy Bears for Extra Credit?

  1. Yes! They’ve done the same thing at one of our local children’s library locations (serves low-income youth) where they (a) reward each child every time they read for 15 minutes with a piece of candy (or screen time on the computer or iPad and (b) reward each child every time they read # number of books with a free Happy Meal. What about just encouraging reading for the pleasure of reading – reading the book IS the reward!!! As a nutritionist who volunteers there, I saw this as a problem straight away, but I think I would be opening some people’s eyes when I bring it to their attention. Unless they already see it, but don’t see a better way.

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