The Fraud Of “Merit Pay”

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There is talk about “merit pay” for teachers, as if this was something other than a fraud. Those who work earn pay as compensation.

Some can earn more by being more productive. This is measured objectively in dollars. “Merit Pay” is a fraud because it does not use objective criteria, only a “test” that has no fixed definition.

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How can any honest person talk about “financial incentives for teachers” while talking about cutting wages? If smaller class sizes lead to better education will they ask for it? If parental wealth is a factor will they ask for higher wages and lower taxes? If more school time is a factor will there be a longer school day? If electronic gadgets harm education will they be banned?

Back in the 1960s lobbyists pushed “New Math” as the miracle cure for the alleged failures of education. Did it work as advertised? Education is too important to be subjected to crank theories created for a hidden agenda.

Ronald A. Sobieraj
Perth Amboy


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