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Govt. has it all wrong. Up the salaries for teachers and we will attract and retain the best and brightest minds.

Start teacher salaries at $150,000 and with bonuses make them go up to $750,000. Fewer of our 'best and brightest' will become investment bankers, or lawyers and more will become teachers. Raising the bar on education, instead of "Lowest Common Denominator / get everyone through", can only help the economy and spur on innovation by giving our next generations real information that can help them and their communities succeed.

How do you pay for this? Increased incomes = increase tax base. Cut Administrative staff (Superintendents that do nothing and know nothing), people hired to man a copy machine (really happens!), consolidate school districts, outsource HR, Tech, Transportation and other redundant services.

In essence put the emphasis back on the children and away from the self-interest of school boards, superintendents, politicians and cronyism.

Get rid of tenure and lousy teachers that are there for a paycheck and treat the kids as a nuisance. Put incentives in place to reward the best of our schools to keep them, nurture them, and pay them.

Put in curriculums that actually are relevant to today and the future. Stop experimenting with reading and math, we know how they work. Start teaching real skills like - balancing a checkbook, creating a website, manners, courtesy, geography, selling, interfacing with others, creating groups, public speaking. Teach 3 languages starting in kindergarten.

And increase funding for all of the Arts.

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  • Jul 30 2011: First of all I'm not sure how it works in USofA but having in mind that we discuss about people and motivating them we can look on some studies that were performed in USofA and around the world in regard to money - motivation - performance.
    Please refer to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6XAPnuFjJc.
    The bottom line is that if there's a complex activity (teaching is a very complex activity) big bonuses doesn't work and the pressure given by potential big bonus will kill the performance (we can consider a high bonus everything that exceeds ones quarterly salary).
    Secondly, a huge potential earning will definitely attract a lot of people to be teachers. Do we really want the brightest people being teachers?
    Fortunately or unfortunately (I'm not sure how to put it) teaching is very complex and requires a interesting mix of knowledge, attitudes, abilities and skills and this mix should be assessed.
    In conclusion, I guess that a mix between increasing the salaries and a better assessment system in education (i mean also for students not only for teachers but this could be another conversation) could have better results rather than attracting the brightest mind in teaching.

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