An interesting article in the New York Times featuring a ‘Republican’, Florida governor Charlie Crist, who is currently vying for a Republican seat in the senate, just vetoed a bill that would have essentially based teachers’ pay on results, primarily students’ test scores. It would have also eliminated the general, long-term tenure granted to teachers. It is simply another example of people wanting to be paid, regardless of their performance. If teachers were paid according to their students’ success, we would see a significant increase in their preparation, care, and time spent with students. It would also eliminate those teachers who create a suck on state budgets, as well as an overall improvement in education. Since the public education system has decreasing returns to scale and down-sizing is what they need, this would provide a channel to get rid of poor educators.
(Dr. Tufte, for some reason blogger isn't letting me hyper-link the article, so it's here instead).