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Should a teacher's pay be merit-based?

Posted by Michael Dickens on April 24, 2009

Debate!

Should a teacher’s pay be based on the performance of the teacher’s students? I think this is a great idea, that could encourage better and more enthusiastic teaching. However, because of the methods in which we measure the performance of students, it would be too easy for a teacher to cheat to improve the students’ scores. For this reason, I do not think that merit-based pay is a good idea with the current methods of measuring performance; however, with methods that effectively prevent cheating, it is a great idea.

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