Benefits Of Merit Pay System

945 Words Dec 6th, 2015 4 Pages
Teachers have an important role in shaping the kids of our future, to which they are not given enough credit for. Compared to how much teachers give, they are not given the amount of recognition and reward they truly deserve. Teachers are paid solely based on how many years they have been working and their credentials. Because of this, the teaching profession may not be of interest or is undermined by other professions: “A January report revealed that relatively low pay, high turnover rates that result in little mentorship of young teachers, and a growing workload in an increasingly underappreciated job are turning people away from the classroom,” (A.D. 2015). In an effort to promote teaching, many institutions have suggested merit pay, paying teachers bonuses based on how well their students perform. Some argue that merit pay will also help motivate teachers to work harder. However, others argue that merit pay will only create more problems. Whether or not a merit pay system should be used has been an ongoing debate for many years. Teachers should not be paid based on a merit system because it will create more dishonesty about results and competition between teachers. The idea of a merit pay system is pleasant, but acting on it is the difficult part. Results from standardized tests and classroom observations are used to measure the effectiveness of the teaching, which are not always true representations of success: “By year two, nearly all the schools in the study were…
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