More from Dr. Peter Gray. We disagree with Mr. Holt that gold-stars are somehow “petty and contemptible”, we think rewarding children for hard work is just and essential to creating healthy habits. But we can definitely agree that forced schooling violates the child’s right to choose. Of course, neglecting to educate children is another violation of their right to health and happiness. Our compromise is to educate them at home (their choice), never by force, and to reward them generously for their efforts.