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    you see a lot of other incentives in play as well. Top notch cafeterias, foosball tables, massages, time to spend on pet projects, lots of legendary perks of various kinds.

    Teachers want to make enough money to be comfortable, but they also want to enjoy their day at work and feel successful every day. They want their kids to be successful. And so, a great school environment is a part of that. It starts with a terrific principal and good colleagues and a physical plant in good working order. It continues with reasonable class sizes and good support for any special needs.

    Teachers leave inner city schools because they don't feel successful there. I'm fine with making a more difficult assignment better paid, but we actually have many examples of this already, and it's not generally creating a critical mass of more senior teachers or of better test scores. I've seen teachers take $10k pay cuts to work in a more pleasant environment.

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 10:16:20 PM PDT

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    •  Of course.... (0+ / 0-)
      you see a lot of other incentives in play as well.
      I did not say otherwise.  Financial incentives are ONE of those incentives that contribute to that.

      I did not try to make the case that financial incentives are appropriate for education.

      However, to say that financial incentives do not work to motivate some people is insanely idiotic and fraudulently incorrect.

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