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LandonSumrvl
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dsjpk5
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Student performance should be a factor when determining K-12 teacher salary

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Started: 8/19/2016 Category: Education
Updated: 6 months ago Status: Debating Period
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LandonSumrvl

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If we believe that additional pay will motivate teachers to work harder, we must also believe that teachers know what to do to improve student achievement" and that they aren't doing it because they aren't sufficiently motivated. The assumption is that they must value financial rewards more than student success.

Does anyone really think that large numbers of teachers know what their students need but are willfully withholding it? That they would help students learn more, if only someone offered them a bonus to do so? This is a highly cynical view of teachers, one that teachers understandably find demeaning, not motivational.

Most teachers care about their students and want them to succeed. Why else enter the profession? But although presenting information may be simple, successful teaching is more complex. Some teachers could certainly do a better job, but they mostly need mentoring, support, supervision, and training in new techniques"plus opportunities to learn, grow, and take on additional responsibilities just like the rest of the workforce.

In the end, it is inherently ignorant and flawed that perfor
dsjpk5

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Posted by ms_lauren_mc 6 months ago
ms_lauren_mc
There are many assumptions other than teachers being motivated by money. What about the assumption that all student's have the same ability to grow within a given skill? What about the assumption that teachers are not trying their hardest to help students learn? Are standardized tests that will assess this student growth, made by teachers or people who have spent time in classrooms?
Posted by TheBenC 6 months ago
TheBenC
This is a silly debate. What if a teacher just happens to have 3 genius level students. Does that teacher deserve more than the teacher who has 0 students this intelligent?
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