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Yohann Cauwenbergh

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 28 2012: I think merit-based pay or at least some sort of merit-based incentive program (for things both useful and at least indirectly under the control of teachers) could and should definitely have a place in any educational system. However, I think it would be a mistake to see it as the solution that will solve all the system's problems. MOST of our teachers are wonderful and really just need the resources to make sure their students have all they need to learn and study and the freedom to creatively teach the most useful material to their students. There are some bad eggs, however, that are really terrible teachers but are protected, usually by teachers' unions, in their positions as teachers of children. My question is: How do we protect our children from having years of their lives taken by these "teachers" without robbing the good ones of the time and resources they need to do their jobs well?

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