posted on May, 4 2006 @ 11:37 AM
So, if I understand this correctly, you pay teachers based on their performance in a setting where both the curriculum and their authority is strictly
It's like telling a long distance runner that you're paying him on his time in the race, then throwing caltrops onto the field and slashing his
hamstrings. Teachers, having little control over what they teacher, are often stuck. The dumb kids sit back, cause trouble because they're
frustrated. They either don't ahve the proper tools and need a different kind of learning, or the teacher doesn't have the proper rod to encourage
them. The smart kids mouth off and cause trouble (yeah, I was one of those) because they're bored. They put in a very minimal effort, get high-B and
low-A grades, then spend the rest of the time doing what they want. Teacher's can't properly reward their hard work, so why bust your balls?
Now that we've got the bell curve set, the teacher's really can't do much about it. I was one of those kids who sat aroudn class, read, and mouthed
off whenever the teacher bothered me. There was really no reason for me to be there- I'd procrastinate, do a twenty-minute job, get my A. I was there
because I HAD to be there. What could teh teacher do? I'd be sitting there reading, ignoring them, and they'd get understandably angry. When they
asked me to participate, I debated and contradicted them. If I didn't like them, I even embarassed them. Hell, in my last year of highschool I almost
had one teacher in tears because I'd constantly correct her spelling or contradict what she'd say.
"Russian royal family 'abdicated'? that's a polite way of putting it."
"You misspelt Tokyo again, Miss."
"Yes, I'd like to teach this class, Miss."
You give people improper tools, you get an imperfect product.