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Project 3 Presentation-Social Injustice

Senate Bill 6/Teacher Merit Pay Bill
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Felicia Hallim

on 27 April 2010

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Transcript of Project 3 Presentation-Social Injustice

Senate Bill 6 also known as Teacher Merit-Pay BIll Pros Incentivized teachers will work harder and produce better results. Merit Pay programs will help recruit and retain the best and most qualified teachers Teachers are already under paid. Merit Pay would help address this injustice. Those teachers who work hard and produce the best results gets rewarded We are in the middle of a teaching shortage. Merit pay would inspire potential teachers to give the profession more consideration as a viable career choice, rather than a personal sacrifice for the higher good With American schools in crisis, we are open to trying almost anything new in the hopes of making a change, so the Merit Pay Bill could be a possiblity in making a positive impact. Cons Many people agree that designing and monitoring a Merit Pay program wouldtake away from focusing on the students and giving them the best education possible. The bill would create an unpleasant and counter-productive competition between teachers. Where teachers once worked as a team and shared solutions cooperatively, Merit Pay can make teachers adopt a more “I’m out for myself only” attitude. The Merit Pay Bill will not consider the diverse needs of English Language Learners, Special Education Students, and low income neighborhoods, which will define the variuos levels of learning of students. It also would not take into consideration those students who do not perform as well on standardize tests. Opponents to Merit Pay argue that a better solution to the current educational crisis is to pay all teachers more. High-stakes Merit Pay systems would inevitably encourage dishonesty and corruption. Educators would be financially motivated to lie about testing and results. It will create a sense of favoritism. Complaints and lawsuits would abound. All of these morality issues will distract from the needs of students in order to learn. The simple possibility of extra cash would most likely translate into smarter teaching and better results of students. Those teachers who produce better results should not get the same salary as the other teachers, so dedicated teachers should get bonuses and salary raises. Merit pay motivates teachers to over-focus on test scores Merit pay improves teaching and student learning
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