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Student, Business Engineering, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium

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What do you think of merit-based pay for teachers?

I don't know if the question is still relevant, I haven't followed it until recently but I heard it was quiet a debate at the Presidential election and wanted to know what he TED community thought of this.
Is merit-based pay for teachers a good idea... There are a lot of pros and cons about the topic: Will it help the education of the students (the main goal of the would-be arrangement)? Will the amount of teachers have a positive boost? Will it make the teachers too competitive, lessening the cooperation between them?

Please write your ideas.

(English is not my first language so excuse the grammatical errors and easy language)


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    Nov 26 2012: Would it be easier to sell merit based pay if it was structured as a one off bonus payment received if your class has results above a certain level. From a teacher's perspective the problem with merit based pay as it is normally suggested is that the results you get from any one class in any one year are only about 50% reliant on the teacher. For example I once had a 12th grade science class in which the top student who was heading for a 90th percentile result (from all indications) fell pregnant 3 months from the end of the year and dropped out.

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