Merit pay for teachers should be abandoned
In Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron Saxton's campaign against incumbent Gov. Ted Kulongoski, he has made education a key issue of his platform.
Saxton, a former Portland school board chairman, supports the notion of merit pay, which is when teacher salaries are determined by students' performance on Oregon's standardized tests administered in grades 3-12. Giving a teacher an incentive to primarily prepare students for standardized tests will result in much narrower curricula. Those incentives will also reduce necessary opportunities for students to explore important topics that standardized tests do not cover.
Perhaps if the tests covered subjects other than the unimportant stuff like reading, writing and arithmetic and instead focused on what was really being taught then the liberals would be more pleased...
Fisting is a:
(a) fun thing to do
(b) safe alternative to sex
(c) the thing that your gym teacher did to you that we don't talk about
(d) all of the above
The objections to paying the different amounts to the teacher of the year and the child molestor of the year vary. This editorial starts by blasting "standardized tests" and then voices the Union complaint of
"Teacher unions also opposed the plan because its evaluations were subjective and were not based on objective data," the OSBA site states."
So which is it? You don't like the rigidity of standardization or you don't like the subjective nature of the performance metrics? (for those of you who went to public school it can't be both at the same time)