College professors have long complained that students don’t read their course syllabus. As a result, the end of the semester is often filled with unnecessary heartache. One professor devised a simple plan to solve this problem: he simply paid students to read the syllabus.
Well, he tried to anyways….
Like other college professors, Dr. Kenyon Wilson of the University of Tennessee puts important information in his course syllabus: learning objectives, a reading list, his contact information, and more. Unlike other college professors, Dr. Wilson also includes an opportunity for his students to collect free cash.
In the syllabus for one of his music classes, Dr. Wilson included directions to a locker (along with the combination) that contained a $50 bill attached to a handwritten note. The note simply read, “Congrats! Please leave your name and date so I know who found it. ~Wilson” However, at the end of the semester, Professor Wilson went to the locker and found his note and the unclaimed money.
Only after Dr. Wilson snapped a picture and shared it online did his students learn of their missed opportunity. In an interview after the experiment, Wilson told reporters that he wanted to reward his students for reading and that he’d have been quite happy had one of them claimed the fifty-dollar prize. Unfortunately, those students forfeited money because they were unwilling to read.
When it comes to reading the Bible, too many Christians are like Dr. Wilson’s students. But what they forfeit is much more valuable than a mere fifty bucks….
Click here for the online report.