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Hey! Let’s pay teachers according to performance!

Hey! Let’s pay teachers according to performance!

On this one issue, the last two Charlotte-Mecklenburg school superintendents have made sense — which is why this has been so unpopular. Despite flak from school board members and teachers who want guaranteed compensation regardless of performance, former Superintendent Peter Gorman and inter

Here’s what interim superintendent Hugh Hattabaugh wants to do:

The state salary schedule for teachers does not encourage teacher growth and improvement. It doesn’t differentiate between top performers and mediocre ones. It doesn’t differentiate between teachers in hard-to-fill content areas and others.  As one example: We need the very best teachers in STEM areas, in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. But the state’s salary structure doesn’t recognize how competitive these jobs are, making it unlikely that we’ll be able to lure potentially great teachers from other fields where STEM knowledge is valued, such as finance and medicine.


2 Responses to “Hey! Let’s pay teachers according to performance!”

  • Mar

    Pay for performance in teaching renders the transfer of knowledge between the teacher and student to be exclusively the responsibility of the teacher. It denies the free will of the student to either accept or reject the knowledge being given. Therefore an excellent teacher with recalcitrant or intellectual deficient students may never be considered successful because the student determines the outcome. We then end up with a student controlled environment with dumbing down curricula in a quixotic attempt to bribe, cajole, or appease the student so as to have a resultant good teacher performance. That is not education but extortion.

  • Mar

    Right. It makes no sense to pay teachers according to “performance” because it is impossible to measure such a thing in any objective way.

    Paying teachers based on seniority makes more sense because it is reasonable to assume that experienced teachers are better, generally speaking, than inexperienced ones.

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