Lehi High School (in Utah) has decided to make students pay when they’re late. They’ve been having problems with students roaming the hallways during class, and the money will be used for student activities. Doesn’t sound like a bad idea to me.
But in our society, money is used to pay for mistakes. There are fines for speeding, bail, late fees at the library, on your credit card, mortgage, power and gas bills. There are early-bird specials on conferences so that the people who sign up at the last minute have to pay much more. It’s a fact of life, and I think it’s a valuable lesson for kids to learn early.