Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Paying teachers more based on student test score performance does not make them better teachers. It makes them better at teaching to certain tests. So, I don't have a problem with the MNEA rejecting extra money waved around in their face attached with stipulations of teaching to test. But the MNEA President's flanking countermove on the School Board was brilliant: spend the $400,000 directly on Alex Green and Inglewood elementary students rather on the teachers. It was moral jujitsu: now opponents who constantly wail that the teachers want more money for selfish reasons much lower than the children do not have a leg on which to stand. There is a certain level of hypocrisy in advocating incentive pay as being more "for the kids," when it really constitutes a means of doing as little as possible for education at minimal cost to taxpayers.