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Poster: Some things are obvious
Subject: RE: Teachers: Should you be paid based on performance?
This whole debate is pretty silly.
I honestly do not think that any person of even moderate intelligence could think that:
1) Every teacher is the same - there are no good teachers or bad teachers.
2) While there may be good and bad teachers it is simply impossible to figure out which is which.
It strikes me as equally obvious that no person of even moderate intelligence could think that one size fits all - that it is even possible to come up with a three paragraph description of a performance evaluation and compensation plan that would perfectly fit every teacher scenario across the country.
I would also posit that it is human nature to dislike the notion of being evaluated by others and if there is a way to avoid this people will. I say this as someone who has worked with dozens of companies across many different industries to help them come up with performance evaluation and compensation plans for all levels of company personnel. I can tell you that the very first thing that comes out of people's mouths when you sit down for that first meeting is some variation of "Oh, we are so special. Our industry/job is different. There is no way to evaluate our performance." Every. Single. Time.
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