Many school reformers view teacher merit pay as one of the “be all, end all” solutions to the challenges facing schools, even though it’s been found to never work (see The Best Resources For Learning Why Teacher Merit Pay Is A Bad Idea).
Today, The New York Times published a column that highlights all of what is wrong about merit pay. However, they talk about it in the context of doctors and the medical profession and not teachers.
Here’s an excerpt from The Problem With ‘Pay for Performance’ in Medicine and it’s all very applicable to teachers, as well:
I’m adding it to a collection of resources I’ve been accumulating about the parallels between school and medical reformers.
Race To The Top Has Been A ‘Fiasco’ is Part Two in my series on the Race To The Top program, which has just had its fifth anniversary.
Today, Barnett Berry, Ariel Sacks, John Thompson, Alice Mercer and David B. Cohen weigh in with their thoughts, and I include comments from readers, too.
Here are some excerpts:
This is amazing.
What has happened to the Republicans?
I’m adding this to The Best Resources About The New Push For Immigration Reform.
Remarkable. MT@jdickerson-1980: Reagan & Bush discuss whether the children of illegals should attend school 4 free. https://t.co/0lWrYz1O2V”
— Daniel Pink (@DanielPink) July 28, 2014
I’m preparing some new lessons for this year, and one will be on the importance of breakfast.
I’m adding this list to The Best Resources To Help Promote A Physically Healthy Lifestyle For Our Students.
Let me know if you have other suggestions:
Breakfast ‘keeps teenagers lean’ is from the BBC.
A Better Breakfast Can Boost a Child’s Brainpower is from NPR.
Good Health: Breakfast, exercise boost brain activity is a report from a Detroit news show.
My teenage students still get a kick out of Sesame Street: