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Poster: Precious Roy
Subject: RE: Teachers: Should you be paid based on performance?
The "pay for performance" is just a way to help slash school budgets by tying raises to statistics that the majority of the teachers cannot meet because the way students are taught is extremely flawed in the US.
The best public school system in the world is Finland. The Finns start by only sending the top 10% of college students to get the required masters degrees in education. Teachers are seen as professionals on par with lawyers, engineers and bankers. Then, the schools are all very small. Class size is generally 15-20 per teacher. The curriculum and teaching methods are controlled by the teachers at the school. Teachers are supportive of their fellow teachers and have the freedom to decide what the best teaching techniques are for their particular classes. Elementary school teachers let kids play a lot during the day and only have class time when they think the kids are ready to learn. They also spend a lot of time outdoors doing learning games instead of hours pinned to a desk. There are very few administrators and no regular standardized testing. Kids who fall behind are given special attention, frequently one on one intensive tutoring. Recent immigrants get lots of attention thanks to "positive discrimination" funding. All the children have extensive social support available to them, from free meals to health care to social workers. Children who are hungry, sick or need counseling are quickly given whatever they need so as not to disrupt their education.
Of course, this will never happen in the US because the US education system is not set up to have all the children excel. It is set up to weed out the smart ones and warehouse the rest until they are ready to get jobs or go to vocational school.
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