Punishing Your Kid for Bad Grades?

What's a parent to do?

A Florida mother is defending her decision to stick her teenage son on a street corner with a sign that says, among other things, "GPA 1.22 ... honk if I need education." [Click the video]

Is that an appropriate response?  The parents say they've tried everything to make their kid shape up.  His indifference at a school meeting last week was the final straw.

Add your thoughts in the comments box below.

Joseph February 23, 2011 at 10:08 PM
@Joanne I see your point but at the same time it's not my boss' place to do that while it is the parents job to get them on the right track. Sometimes a simple pep talk doesn't work. Yes classmates might have poked fun after words but hey kids poke fun at one another any ways. I see it as a motivator.
Joanne February 23, 2011 at 10:17 PM
Joseph, as i have said it depends on the kid's personality. I agree that it could be a motivator but what if its the other way around? What if now he thinks he's a looser, he's not good at anything and even my mom is embarass of me? Instead of turning him around, she's just pushing him to go on that direction further. There are other ways...
Joseph February 23, 2011 at 10:24 PM
Joanne, I agree but like I said earlier sometimes you need to think out of the box. I would also like to add that sometimes kids don't like to disappoint their parents. It's a hit or miss but I applaud her for at least taking the shot.
Joanne February 23, 2011 at 10:35 PM
Joseph, everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion. As Saul metioned, look at all the attention that the kid got. I just hope that the mom really did this for her son and not for her own attention. I won't be surprise if she gets invited to talk shows with all these publicity.....
Tara Payor February 26, 2011 at 02:39 PM
You may want to look up the work done by experts like Bandura and Pajares. Then, see if your viewpoint changes.


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