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    Thumbs down Teachers giving sweets as rewards in schools- what do you think?

    What do you think of teachers giving students lollies and sweet stuff as rewards for good behaviour/effort/achievement? Personally speaking, I do not like it. I think motivating students is essential, but with non-food rewards. I think it promotes unhealthy eating habits (which are rising) and kids associate sweets with rewards. Schools could do so much to promote healthy eating.

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    Default Teachers giving sweets as rewards in schools- what do you think?

    I don't mind it too much, but that said its only happened once to my knowledge. The teacher seems to mix it up a bit WRT rewards.

    If it happened daily I'd be a bit unhappy about it.

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    as long as it is not excessive, i have no issue.

    My DS has food issues, so his teachers used to always check with me and I provided them with a box of treats he could have when they rewarded the rest of the class.

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    I think if it balanced well with other rewards it is okay.

    I know my kids' kindy class often get to have a go at a lucky dip if they acheive certain things - they get things like rulers, fancy drinking straws, notebooks etc.
    The other day the kids came home with lollipops - I cringed that it was a BLUE lollipop, so just took them home and sent them out into the back yard to run it off.

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    i dont see it being an issue, we work we get a reward as adults its money as kids its stickers, toys, time at the tv, a lolly etc If the kid was alergic that would be silly but other than that meh what ever

    the best Dr EVER the one that has saved DDs life many times over gives the kids Snake lollies when they go see him, he even gives one to DD every time as well and she doesnt eat she loves it lol

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    Oh man I'm still annoyed at the highschool teacher who used to offer lollies as motivation and NEVER paid up! I was owed so many red frogs *grumble grumble*

    Umm yeah overall I think its unwise way to motivate kids. From a healthy relationship with food pov and also thinking about food additives, colouring, SUGAR, if I was a teacher I wouldn't want to give children potential stimulants.

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    Interesting replies. A couple of points-
    DD1's school says that sweets/lollies are not preferred food items in lunch/snack boxes. They have a 'fruit' time 1 hour after they begin lessons in the morning. And then they give sweets as rewards? Doesn't make sense.
    Also, DD1 was really big on healthy eating in kinder, where she was taught that sweets are 'sometime food' and spoil teeth. Now in prep, she gets sweets from her teacher/other teachers.
    How can the school preach healthy eating/looking after oneself/health related incursions, etc. and then teachers give sweets? Even if occasional, the child has made the link between sweets and rewards.

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    No. Dislike this a lot.

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    Default Teachers giving sweets as rewards in schools- what do you think?

    I'm a high school teacher and I use stickers! Haha... Yep, 14/15yr olds go
    Crazy for a sticker. Especially the scratch and sniff ones

    I don't like to give food... With allergies, intolerances etc it's so not worth the risk

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    Default Teachers giving sweets as rewards in schools- what do you think?

    How often is it happening, OP?


 

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