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Performance Pay for Teachers (again)

http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/teacher-bonus-trial-next-year/2007/06/11/1181414218913.html

OK, it’s failed three times in the past (in the US), and there are plenty of signs it will fail again here, but it’s being pushed ahead anyway. Of course, just using all the money that would have gone into the performance payments, plus all the money that will go into studying and setting up a scheme, plus all the work and energy that will go into complying… to just give teachers decent pay rates across the board – and even more importantly, to free up time within the school day to allow them to work with each other and plan good lessons – is out of the question. That wouldn’t serve the real purpose of transferring even more from those who already have least to those who already have most.

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