School offers Game Time as Reward

Discussion in 'The Edge of the Forum' started by TGBoy, Dec 17, 2007.

  1. TGBoy

    TGBoy GBAtemp Regular

    Oct 29, 2006
    Not so distant future
    London, Dec 16 (ANI): A Birmingham school has found a novel way to motivate pupils to stay disciplined - by giving well-behaved pupils a range of executive perks, including access to a computer-games room and the right to wear a special uniform.
    Selly Oak School has benefited 180 students with a platinum award card, which gives them access to a games lounge, where they can play Nintendo Wii, Xbox and other console games.
    The rest of the 410 students can see from outside what they are missing.

    An elite cadre of 20 exceptionally good students are excused from wearing the school's regular uniform and are allowed instead to wear a distinctive maroon and gold one.

    Graham Ridley, the principal of the school, said that he had got the idea for the special jumpers from the yellow jersey awarded to the leading cyclist in each leg of the Tour de France. Ridley said that the idea is neither elitist nor divisive, insisting that it provides students with a powerful motivation to toe the line.Previously, about a third of his pupils have shown behavioural problems or mild learning difficulties. Many of the remainder are what the principal calls tough, streetwise kids.

    "We're like a hospital, we cure them. We take confrontation out of the classroom through motivation," Times Online quoted Ridley, as saying.
    Many schools have a system of house points for good behaviour, but Ridley's idea is altogether more ambitious.
    "We thought we would have rewards that were more relevant to the children's lives than house points," he said.
    Before introducing the perks scheme, teachers were spending 90 per cent of their non-teaching time dealing with problem behaviour.
    "Now we have more than halved the time devoted to discipline," he said.

    SOURCE: Yahoo
  2. BlueStar

    BlueStar GBAtemp Psycho!

    Jan 10, 2006
    In my school that uniform would have been a one way ticket to a shoeing.
  3. Linkiboy

    Linkiboy GBAtemp Testing Area

    May 14, 2006
    United States
    It still would be in every school.
  4. moozxy

    moozxy hamboning

    Jul 22, 2007
    Hmm.. I don't know if that would motivate me all that much.. I could survive without gaming for a 7~ hours while in school. Plus only 20 kids.. might promote bullying esp. since they can be distinctively recognised.
  5. Issac

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    Apr 10, 2004
    aww, i wish we had school uniforms in sweden, i think it looks awesome.. :/
  6. Sonicslasher

    Sonicslasher In Law we trust.

    Dec 5, 2005
    United States
    Richmond, VA
    they said ELITE, as in 1337!!! who would not want to be part of the 1337 20??!!
  7. Mewgia

    Mewgia drifter

    Dec 16, 2006
    United States
    Boston, MA
    It's not. You DO NOT want uniforms. They suck.
  8. Linkiboy

    Linkiboy GBAtemp Testing Area

    May 14, 2006
    United States
    listen to this man

    i wear a uniform and i absolutely hate it
  9. iffy525

    iffy525 not famous

    Jul 18, 2007
    United States
    hey maroon and gold are my school colors!
    in my school though they would probably nugget the kids with the distinctive uniform every day
  10. Westside

    Westside Sogdiana

    Dec 18, 2004
    Guantanamo bay
    It shows a sign of elegance and discipline.
    'Sides, you've probably never been to a military academy. The full dress uniform comes with a sword and all.
  11. mercluke

    mercluke ‮҉

    Dec 2, 2007
    uniforms are so boring its like they're trying to bore you to death like the simpsons episode where they got uniforms and turned into slave things