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Poster: Holy Kablooey Batman
Subject: RE: Teachers: Should you be paid based on performance?
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no no no silly wrote:

...How will that progress be measured, chief? Who defines a "years worth of growth"?

Case(s) in point:
Student A walks into Senora Smith's spanish class, knowing nothing. On day one, he learns the word "hola." Growth is infinite. He never learns anything else, yet Senora Smith shows infinite growth.

Student B walks into Mr. Jones 8th grade english class, already knowing how to read and write. He leaves in June also knowing how to read and write. He hasn't really "grown," has he? See, now you must bring up text complexity, metrics, etc., and it gets sticky.

Student C walks into the library, the guidance office, and the dean's office, all in one day. No growth happens, as there's nothing to measure. Since all of these professionals have teacher contracts, well uh...

Student D walks into choir, not able to sing a lick. It's a required course, so he's just taking it to graduate. He starts the year not able to sing in tune, and ends the year still unable. The choir teacher sucks?

Dude, this is just the start. All of your ALL CAPS, "don't compare the smart/wealthy to the dumb/poor" arguments have the same damn flaw: great in theory, horrible in practice.

Nobody could be that stupid could they? Seriously?

Student A - growth infinite. What, did you just master fractions and you really want to show off that you know that dividing by zero doesn't work very well? And this is supposed to be germane to the topic?

No damned way you are that stupid!

Student B already knows how to read when he comes to class and still knows how to read when he leaves therefore he hasn't grown? Seriously? This is your argument? You mean that there is no way to measure different levels of reading comprehension? Seriously?

No damned way you are that stupid!

Student C interacts with non-teachers and therefore teacher performance simply cannot be measured? HJMFC! Seriously?

No friggin' chance you are that stupid!

Student D can't hold a tune therefore there is no way to measure teacher performance? There is nothing more to learning about music than the quality of one's voice? Seriously?

Aint no way, aint no how you could be that stupid!

Sorry dude but you shouldn't make it so obvious that you are just trying to make status quo teachers look bad. This is true for both ethical and practical reasons. On the practical side, you aren't fooling anyone with arguments that would be easily refuted by a retarded earthworm. On the ethical side, it just is not right to even try to make teachers look bad. Most teachers (like most professionals) are good at their job and are trying to make a positive difference. It just isn't right to try to make them look like morons.
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