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The Wisconsin Covenant

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A program in Wisconsin that begins this week is worth watching to see if it has its intended impact on student motivation.

The program, The Wisconsin Covenant, promises high school students a spot in college or technical schools as well as financial aid if they maintain a B average, take college preparatory classes, stay out of trouble, and do community service work, according to an Associated Press article.

The cost of the program will depend on how many of the state's 75,000 8th graders sign up and meet the requirements, according to AP.

If the program succeeds, we'll have to give a nod to the powers of external motivation. If it fails, we'll be left wondering, yet again, what it takes to motivate today's high schoolers.

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I am interested in knowing how long Motivation Matters has been written and can I get all the back issues? jb

to honest this whole thing seem pointless its going to fail there are a few 8th grade students that will take this motivation to heart and try but most will just sign because everyone else is...so the funding with start once they sign and then what will happen once the reach HS and forget their promise their grades will drop they might get in trouble the first year is the hardest makeing them make the choice in 8th grade isnt the right idea......
Junior/Senior,
JaNel Leigh

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