An article, recently posted by The Columbus Dispatch has highlighted how kids have the option to read a book and talk to their barber about it, in order to get a chance to play on a PS4 the next time they visit.
The ‘learn first / reward later’ idea was initially cooked up by Barbershop Books in New York City back in 2009. The PS4 reward trend hadn’t seemed to gain momentum until now. We’re now seeing newer examples of the initiative popping up all across the states. Barbershop Books now delivers sets of 15 especially chosen books, designed for pre-teen age, as well as customised bookshelves. In the case of Columbus, Columbus City Schools joined forces with Columbus Council to bring these packages to ten different barbershops in the area. The most expensive aspect of this would likely be providing the PS4 consoles. It remains unclear whether these are included…
What Makes The PS4 Reward Such A Good Idea?
According to the article, “There’s already a rapport there, that relationship with the barber. Why not ask the barber to encourage [the kids] to read?’. It makes a fair point that children will feel more relaxed in the stress free environment of a barbershop, therefor more inclined to learn things there instead of in a school environment.
While it is a fantastic initiative and great to bounce back against the age old argument of ‘kids have nothing to talk about these days because all they do is play videogames’, this writer can’t help feeling that a similar work/reward system can be easily implemented at school or at home. Is the barber doing the parents job for them? Leave a comment below to add your two cents.