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View Diary: New Study -  Merit Pay does NOT work (156 comments)

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  •  you're describing seriously dysfunctional schools (0+ / 0-)

    I think it would be very discouraging to work in a school like this, but leadership and standards and group commitment/solidarity with families are needed to turn them around - not incentive pay that distracts the teachers from the substance of their work.

    there is a large literature that shows that any kind of external incentive (candy, gold stars) distracts people from the material and from the learning - substitutes those rewards for the learning, and reduces achievement...

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