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Old 10-08-2010, 02:41 PM
Location: Yorktown Heights NY
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Originally Posted by daombr View Post
The problem with your ridiculous argument is that you keep saying that they need to pay the best teachers 200k in order to reward and retain them. You fail to acknowledge that you don't get that money by being the best in this system, you get it by being there for a number of years. These are opposite and conflicting ideas from my observation. The best teachers are not necessarily the more senior teachers. I would argue that they are usually the lazy ones sitting around and not giving a hoot because they know they can't be fired due to the last in first out rules.
If you read my posts before commenting, you would see that I very clearly said that teacher pay should be based on merit, not on length of service. At no point whatsoever was I defending the current system. My point was--and is--that there is nothing at all wrong with paying teachers high salaries, and that in fact paying them high salaries is crucial to keep the best ones in the field. As I said repeatedly, the problem with the current system is that pay is tied to length of service rather than to merit. Clearly we need to do a better job teaching reading comprehension.
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