Essay about The Study of Public Administration

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Professionalism is important to understand in the study of public administration. Professionalism is a concept that describes certain types of public agencies as well as the individuals that work for these organizations. Changes in the way that these individuals are regarded may impact the way in which these administrators function. The concept of professionalism means that workers are specially trained in their field. These workers are required to possess a high level of technical expertise. In these types of organizations authority is not based on rank as much as it is based on professional norms and standards. For the purposes of this paper, we will focus on professionalism as it pertains to education. Specifically, we will center…show more content…
Under the new system, appropriately named the performance pay model, teachers would be evaluated by students and administrators. The results of these evaluations would determine how much the teacher would be compensated for their time. It would no longer matter how long a teacher has been teaching or how well the teacher is educated. This would mean that a new teacher could be paid much more than a teacher that has been teaching for many years. This is generally not a good policy in any industry, particularly an industry that is responsible for education the youth. Likewise, it would mean that it would not matter if a teacher possessed a master’s, or even doctorate, degree or if they held a bachelor’s degree. Their compensation would be totally based on the rating they received on their evaluations (Sherman 2014). Critics of the performance pay model assert that the concept may lead to a popularity contest. Instead of the highest performing teachers being rewarded it would be the most like teachers being rewarded. They believe that teachers may abandon their professionalism and begin giving A’s away. Whether or not this would be true is yet to be seen. It is, hopefully, a worst-case scenario. However, it could very well happen. This, undoubtedly, would lead to better evaluations from happy students resulting in salary increases for teachers. The performance pay model would also punish teachers
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