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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 29 2012: Money is a lousy motivator, too-big-to-fail banks and the bubble they created being a prime example.
    The resistance to change will make people want to cut corners, remember, the goal is more pay, not more quality.
    Even more so when you're in a tight shoe.
    Teachers need to learn ways to make their courses fun/interesting/challenging. In time, that will make teacher a more attractive career choice.
    It is a slow process but once it gains momentum it will fuel itself.

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