DS was telling me that his friend gets grounded if he doesn't come home with Honours and that there are quite a few kids in his class with the same consequences. DS has gotten Honours every year, except Gr5, and we have never used punishment as an incentive to do well. If his marks look like they are slipping we talk about it and he pulls them up, but he is the driving force behind it. I guess my question is, do you think that punishment/consequences work as an inducement to doing well in school. As a side note, I don't think that getting Honours is the only way to suceed in school, people have different capabilities and to pressure with unrealistic expectations just leads to problems. My only expectation is that they do the best they can and put in the best effort they can.