To attract the best teachers, measure and reward success

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  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Nov. 2, 2012 7:25 p.m.

    Midwest Mom nailed it. Thank you, m'am.

  • Midwest Mom Soldiers Grove, WI
    Nov. 2, 2012 4:39 p.m.

    Teachers are opposed to so-called "merit pay," a.k.a. teach-to-the-test incentive, because they know that there's no money. Public-private partnerships are a shell game that denies the trend of society to shirk the responsibility to educate children. Here in Wisconsin, thanks to Governor Walker's Act 10, my husband's take-home pay has been cut by $600 a month, he has to work longer hours, jump through more hoops and is denied the professional courtesy he used to enjoy as all the teachers now have a very rigid, proscribed day. And Walker also wants more testing, from pre-K on up. Pre-K reading skills? Really? My son has already had 11 days of testing this year. All thanks to the ALEC inspired, southern-style, right-wing, Republican "education" make-over. Wisconsin used to lead the nation in education. Now watch us fall. And now we're supposed to believe in some sort of "merit pay?"

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Nov. 2, 2012 2:15 p.m.

    One very important factor is missing from this article -- and from most others on the subject, as well.

    Exactly HOW will we determine teacher quality?

    That's where the rub lies.

    I was a teacher for many years. Good teachers know who the bad teachers are. If the system can be set up so TEACHERS do evaluations somehow, we'd have a good chance of weeding out the weeds. But that approach in itself brings up an entirely different set of real problems.

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    Nov. 2, 2012 1:54 p.m.

    Happy Valley Heretic,

    Funding has nothing to do with educational quality. It matters in EVERY other aspect of our lives, but not in education . . .

    Or at least some would so tell us.

    With apologies to Winglish, we don't have to pay teachers like doctors. Many feel a "calling" to teach and (like firefighters and other public service professions) we get them cheaper than we would otherwise. But we do have to pay better if we want folks willing and capable of going through stringent performance evaluations. If we change the terms of employment, then it is logical the pay will have to change as well.

    One area we could do better in that is "free". We could stop making teachers to blame for each of our kids' failures. We are often willing to say that WE will teach our kids. But when they fail it is clearly the teachers fault. Let's try treating them like professionals and then we can demand from them professional work. Most (and always the best of them) want to do that anyway. At least, that has been my experience as a parent.

  • Teachthis Provo, Ut
    Nov. 2, 2012 1:50 p.m.

    Keywords: "within the four walls of a school".

    Truth is, nothing affects the education of a child more than their parents and their home life. Teacher quality comes in much lower than this.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Nov. 2, 2012 10:06 a.m.

    Were 51st in the nation per pupil funding, Take that Mississippi?

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Nov. 2, 2012 9:58 a.m.

    So where does this additional revenue come from in order to pay teachers?

    Repubs have taken oaths to never ever ever raise taxes under any circumstances.

  • Winglish Lehi, UT
    Nov. 2, 2012 9:39 a.m.

    Pay teachers like doctors and pretty soon our universities will have to raise education college entrance standards. Only the best students will then get a career in teaching. Improving education boils quickly down to increasing teacher pay. Pay teachers like second class citizens and guess who applies to education programs?