Saturday, March 27, 2010
Pay For Scores
Let's suppose merit pay somehow passes but only the teachers with the top scoring students will get the extra money. Let's suppose that not only will there not be merit pay, there won't even be jobs for the teachers with the lowest scoring students.
Let's suppose I am teaching one of these regents classes. I spend hours tutoring my students because I need the money and want to keep my job. Mr. T is not interested in the extra money and doesn't even care about keeping his job because he is moving out of state at the end of the term. Mr. T's students come to me and ask me for help. Do I
1. Help them and risk his class getting better scores than my class? (my job and my career are at stake.) or
2. Ignore them and leave them to their own devices. Their failure is not my problem but their success could cause me major problems.
Does merit pay and pay for good grades sound so great right now?