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  •  I do like his ideas on merit pay (1+ / 0-)
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    If one teacher can't motivate a class of kids, and another can, then the one who is good at motivating kids should get paid more.

    And I think the teacher who is a good motivator would agree with me.


    •  the performance of a group of kids (3+ / 0-)

      has many factors besides how the teacher teaches them.  Merely saying which teacher has higher test scores leads to several destructive paths

      1.  no one wants the hard to teach kids
      1.  teaching gets narrowed to what is tested, and sometimes to little more than test preparation

      merit pay of some kind is not a bad idea, but there is no evidence in the advocacy Duncan - or Obama - have put forth that they truly understand this issue.

      do we still have a Republic and a Constitution if our elected officials will not stand up for them on our behalf?

      by teacherken on Thu Apr 16, 2009 at 09:25:15 AM PDT

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    •  They don't pay you more for motivating (5+ / 0-)


      They pay you more for teaching kids to fill out scantron sheets.

      Look at these people! They suck each other! They eat each other's saliva and dirt! -- Tsonga people of southern Africa on Europeans kissing.

      by upstate NY on Thu Apr 16, 2009 at 09:40:19 AM PDT

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