Many parents and teachers have often used candy as an incentive to motivate children to do well. It has been used as an incentive to complete tasks and to achieve goals. Yet, is this a good incentive now that many children are fighting issues of weight just as many adults are?
A local school superintendent, Michael Johnson, in Bexley, Ohio has been urging his teachers not to use candy as an incentive or a reward for good behavior, for good grades, etc.
He wants to teach the children in his schools better eating habits. He began by implementing a new eating system in his cafeteria’s vending machines. No, he didn’t replace all the candy in the machines. What he did was add more choices and a color coded system. Items that were marked in red were items that children were taught meant that you should only eat rarely, items marked yellow were items you should only eat occasionally and items marked in green were the items that you were considered your best choices such as apples.
Many of the teachers in his schools did openly admit that they used candy as incentives and rewards last year to get children to do what they wanted. However, Mr. Johnson is hoping these same teachers were not using the candy this year in the same manner.
What do the parents in the area think of this candy controversial? There are mix views on the subject. Some parents see nothing wrong with using candy as an incentive to get a child to study or as a reward for good behavior. Other parents feel that there are better ways to reward a child. Then there are parents who say that it is really a not an issue in their house since normally their children get little to no candy in the first place.
What do you think? Is it okay to use candy as an incentive or a reward for good behavior in school or even at home? Do you think it would be more appropriate now to find alternative methods to reward children at home and in school?
ABC news, WSYX Columbus, OH