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|Author: ||just throwing this out there|
|Subject: ||RE: Teachers: Should you be paid based on performance?|
This is going to sound half baked because I just thought of it, but...
How about this - tie compensation closely to exams and other objective performance measures. Make this a nationwide thing. This would be really crappy and fewer people would want to become teachers. With a smaller supply of employees and it being harder to succeed, the remaining teachers who are really good at their jobs would command higher salaries.
I'm not seeing a downside here. On the plus side we weed out the teachers who just don't have it. Could that mean some very nice or smart people don't make the cut? Yes. That happens in life and in other professions.
Maybe we can come up with some kind of supporting roles for them. Kind of like how in a hospital the doctor makes the big bucks but assumes more liability. Then he has support staff - nurses, physician assistants, etc. You could have the teachers making bigger bucks, taking on the test score liability. Then they could have assistant teachers too.
In this way we're really elevating the teaching profession to one on par with doctors, lawyers, etc. as someone else mentioned above.
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