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  •  Actually, businesses often develop material (3+ / 0-)
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    without compensation with the expectation that should demand arise for those materials, they will be the first out of the gate and have a leg up on their competitors.

    You can bet that companies that create and score tests are busy developing materials, without a contract or compensation, because they want to stay in business and have to be ready to meet emerging demand even if Common Core Standards are still in the beta stage.

    Where I agree with you whole-heartedly is teacher development and compensation. I know teachers who gladly invest in their own professional development so that they can provide the best possible learning experiences for their students. Just imagine what education would be like if society as a whole viewed an educated populace as the most important national resource that deserved full funding and attracted the best minds to the teaching profession.

    Watch the documentary "The Finland Phenomenon" and you will understand why this tiny country is leading the world in education right now.

    If money is speech, then speech is money and I should be able to pay my bills with witty social commentary, astute political analysis or good old blarney

    by heiderose1 on Thu Jul 19, 2012 at 11:25:46 AM PDT

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    •  Very well said! (0+ / 0-)

      I think I would actually like to use one of your quotes, with your permission:

      Just imagine what education would be like if society as a whole viewed an educated populace as the most important national resource that deserved full funding and attracted the best minds to the teaching profession.

      You cannot hate people for their own good. -- Unknown

      by IamGumby on Thu Jul 19, 2012 at 01:01:34 PM PDT

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    •  I doubt (1+ / 0-)
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      that developers hired by companies are not getting compensated. The company itself is taking the risk that what they develop gets sold, but the people in development are most certainly getting paid.

      Wise men talk because they have something to say, fools, because they have to say something. - Plato

      by eashep on Thu Jul 19, 2012 at 02:05:35 PM PDT

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      •  That depends on the company's structure (1+ / 0-)
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        I work for an employee-owned company, so the company's risk is my risk as well. If the products we develop sell, I get to share in the profits; if not, I share in the loss.

        If money is speech, then speech is money and I should be able to pay my bills with witty social commentary, astute political analysis or good old blarney

        by heiderose1 on Thu Jul 19, 2012 at 06:16:28 PM PDT

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