The Price of the Prize

584 WordsFeb 26, 20182 Pages
Acts of kindness and charity make the “world go ‘round”. As one person helps another, a type of “pay it forward” phenomenon may occur. If this did happen, and everyone who was helped gave up a little bit of their time to help another, many lives would be changed for the better. In many cases, where quite a bit of participation is needed, overseers may lure contestants in with some sort of inducement. Do people really deserve and often expect accolades for what they have done? Even though some rewards in return for acts of charity are healthy in moderation, frequent incentives would undermine the actual cause of helping others. If every good deed had a small reward, opposition would be scarce. However, if this reward would be used to boost students grades or give employees raises, many would become skeptical. This is evident when students receive enrichment points for participating and contributing to a charity drive for those affected by natural disasters or other catastrophic events. When students know ahead of time that they have an opportunity to increase their grade in a certain class, they will most likely contribute as much as they can for free points. The careless donating may seem impeccant and unimportant, but the points earned are enough to skew student’s grades as they fail to prove their knowledge and understanding of material. Credit earned in school should be for successfully completing assigned class work and grades should portray what the student truly
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