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Re: “Teachers are underpaid

Both of my parents were teachers. When my mother was promoted to department head and then administrator she said that the biggest problem of teaching compensation isthat there is something called tenure. Basically, once you're there a few years, you can't easily be fired. Therefore there is no merit pay. The compensation policies are based on SENIORITY not merit. THERE IS NO INCENTIVE TO EXCEL. The private sector wouldn't survive on such a system. What makes anyone think this works. We should absolutely pay new teachers more. Then hold them accountable for performance. There will be risk therefore reward to compensation. Unfortunately most compensation policies are made in collective bargaining which negotiate for the masses and the least common denominator. I had a. McKinsey consultant who constantly reminded me that when you cater to the least common denominator you create MEDIOCRITY! You want the best and brightest and tell them they will get paid the same as the worst who shouldn't even be there. We can't have it both ways. In order to fix it. Ya gotta blow it up first.

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Posted by Ray on 03/13/2011 at 1:39 PM


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