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Rslvd: That merit pay based on student achievement should be a significant component of K-12 teacher

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Started: 12/3/2009 Category: Education
Updated: 6 years ago Status: Voting Period
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Humphrey

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Resolved: That merit pay based on student achievement should be a significant component of K-12 teachers.

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I will let my opponent go first and purpose definitions as I'm lazy.
LenseJockey

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Thank you competitor for this debate, thank you audience for reading and voting.

Resolved: That merit pay based on student achievement should be a significant component of K-12 teacher

Merit Pay -- a term describing performance-related pay, most frequently in the context of educational reform. It provides bonuses for workers who perform their jobs effectively, according to measurable criteria.
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Advantage One: Pride
Merit based pay will increase the pride that teachers take in their work. Teachers now dont have to worry about their performance, they get paid (http://www.payscale.com...) relatively the same. If they were getting paid by performance, teachers would take more pride in their work, and devote more time to their career. The blunt fact is that not all teachers want to teach, and this would only force them to either a) begin devoting more time to helping their students or b) quit. This would lead to a brighter, more knowledgeable future for our childern.

Advantage 2: Returning the Original Purpose of School
Merit based pay would be a big step towards the return of the original purpose of school, knowledge. Gaining more and more knowledge. In the status quo, teachers just need their students to pass so they can keep their jobs. Moving to merit based pay would make them focus more on the knowledge aspect of school that we have long forgot about. Knowledge is subjective towards the student, basically the student puts in effort and he gets back based upon how much he put in. This wont change if we move to merit based pay. Merit based pay would make a consideration of teachers caring alot more about how much the student is putting in.

Advantage 3: Incentive
Merit based pay, in the most blunt way possible, is just incentive to do more. To put more devotion into their work. For teachers who dont like teaching, this may be a turning point in that this is a incentive to start caring about their career, and they may find a rejuvenated love for teaching. For teachers who already love teaching, this would just give them the benefits that they have long earned.

Conclusion
Merit based pay is good, in that through my advantages of pride, original purpose of school, and incentive, we will look to a brighter future.
Debate Round No. 1
Humphrey

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Humphrey forfeited this round.
LenseJockey

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Since my competitor didn't post a rebuttal, i have nothing to go off of.
Debate Round No. 2
Humphrey

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Humphrey forfeited this round.
LenseJockey

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Uhm, he forgot about the debate all together?....
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Posted by KCtalent2012 7 years ago
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i have my con case, but not my partners doing my pro. sorry
Posted by Nails 7 years ago
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