Stunts for Success
The canned and dry goods all benefited the Anne Arundel County Food Bank to feed the homeless and hungry over the holidays. The donations were made through the Kids Helping Kids program, a statewide three-week food collection campaign.
I've noticed a lot more of these kinds of stunts lately -- educators accepting all kinds of dares to motivate students to succeed in one way or another. When I covered education in Memphis, the principal of a low-performing elementary school promised to kiss a pig if her students passed the reading portion of the state test. Pass, they did and wouldn't you know it -- by day's end she was puckering up to a snout. The children dissolved into a fit of giggles, and so did her staff.
Is this a byproduct of reality shows like "Fear Factor" or part of desperation some educators feel in a high-stakes world? What kinds of stunts have educators in your child's schools done? Do share your stories. I'd love to hear them.