Tuesday, November 17

How to Help Good Teachers and Undermine Education

The more successful the teacher, the more he or she should be paid. Makes sense. Unfortunately, in at least one study, it doesn't work. When teachers get paid more if students get good grades, you get grade inflation. When teachers get paid more if students do well on standardized tests, school becomes a series of test-prep workshops, and real mastery is cast by the wayside. When only some teachers can gain the salary bonuses, then teachers start competing with one another and stop collaborating.

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