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  •  Merit pay = low hanging fruit (4+ / 0-)
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    There are easier ways than teaching to not make a whole lot of money. Merit pay just rewards teachers who take the easiest students. One way that schools can up their test scores is to shuffle low-scoring students to another school. The school isn't doing a better job, but it looks like it is.

    The wolfpack eats venison. The lone wolf eats mice.

    by A Citizen on Mon Apr 12, 2010 at 07:44:32 AM PDT

    •  They want to cut down the whole tree. (5+ / 0-)

      Seriously.  This bill is meant to kill public education completely.  They want Florida to be an all-voucher state.

      "I hate quotations. Tell me what you know." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

      by Rian Fike on Mon Apr 12, 2010 at 07:47:29 AM PDT

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      •  Bingo! (5+ / 0-)

        This is more than just penalizing teachers.  As I said before, the teachers are the last firewall between public education and the privatization of education in Florida.  In Florida, it will now be legal to use publicly funded vouchers for private schools.  That is good evidence of where this is intended to go.

        "in the wake of Sept. 11, a frightened nation betrayed one of its core principles -- the rule of law -- for the fool's gold of security." Leonard Pitts

        by gulfgal98 on Mon Apr 12, 2010 at 08:57:06 AM PDT

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    •  Even in the business world (1+ / 0-)
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      where all my experience is, paying for performance has some unfortunate consequences. People who care about the quality and integrity of their work and people who who don't care do not change their attitudes because of on a merit pay system.

      When everyone on a team is competing for raises, you're just as likely to get non-cooperation as you are to get better performance. People have an incentive not to help each, and often they don't.  They deliberately sometimes undermine each other, or hoard information or materials, in ways that management doesn't see. They may spread misinformation or give people bad advice in order to see them fail or be embarrassed.

      I'm not suggesting that merit pay is the cause of all of this, or that there aren't team players with merit pay, but it does often contribute to a climate of distrust and low morale.

      It is even harder for the average ape to believe that he has descended from man. --H.L. Mencken

      by denise b on Mon Apr 12, 2010 at 08:03:03 PM PDT

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