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The Perils of Merit Pay

We are all equal but we are not the same.

All children are not the same.  All parents are not the same.  All teachers are not the same.  All schools are not the same.  All circumstances are not the same:

“I am a teacher with 27 years of experience.  Based on merit pay, I would be paid less [than other teachers] because my students are distracted from learning.  My students experience empty bellies, ear infections, homelessness, or gunshots echoing in the night.  I would be the one paid less because I do not have a class full of native English speakers with college-educated parents.  Neither my Master of Science degree nor 27 years of experience can, in one school year, make students learn English faster, catch up to the rest, or have experiences in the world similar to children from more affluent areas.  Let the President’s and his Administrations’ children ‘walk a mile on our side of the tracks.'” (Lori Anaya, Port Hueneme, “2,4,6,8 How Should We Compensate,” neatoday, January/February 2010)

 

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February 28, 2010 - Posted by | America, Attitude, Change, Education, Introspection, Mind, Passion, Purpose, Spirit | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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