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Wednesday, February 23, 2005
The article "All Teachers Are Not the Same" proposes changing the salary structure for high school and elemetary school teachers. The author is brave, mostly correct, but taking a tremendous risk. She suggests that
We need a compensation structure that utilizes multiple approaches. These should include paying teachers more for: 1) attaining knowledge and skills that demonstrably contribute to improving student learning; 2) mentoring newer and less skilled teachers; 3) teaching in hard-to-staff schools and choosing difficult-to-staff subjects; 4) producing higher test scores, using a value-added approach.
It would be nice, but likely will not happen. The bad teachers don't want their salaries pegged to performance and there are likely a lot of bad teachers. Second, the compensation schemes are already in place only they are non-monetary in nature. Good teachers get to teach in the nice schools as a form of compensation. Young, bad teachers get to teach in crack town.
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