Synthesis - Vilified Teachers - Merits of Merit

Jan 29, 2010, 12:01 ET from synthesis Blog

SEATTLE, Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ --The following blog post was published on January 24, 2010, by Shafeen Charania, author of the synthesis blog, winner of the 2008 Weblog award for best new blog, and's 25 best blogs of 2009.

Merit pay is only effective in individual (not team), and highly competitive jobs. "If only we had better teachers, then everything would be great" is a common refrain. And the silver bullet is now merit pay for teachers – implying that each teacher will be measured based on the performance of students in their class.

Put merit + teachers in this siege state together, and you have a condition where teachers will compete with each other in a school to be great. They will want their students to do well in their class ONLY – and not in school as a whole. Think about that.

The most successful teachers will be the ones whose students only do well in their class… Are you happy about that?

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