Performance Pay Deserves an F

I think this letter to the AGE today pretty well sums up my view on this one too. I’d just come out of a Year 11 English class discussing the analysis of language of the media and saying that whenever someone says something like ‘Pretty much everyone agrees..’ you should sit up and be suspicious!  As I blogged earlier, and as Ian Hundley says: pay all teachers more for starters.

THE headline “Everyone agrees, it’s a matter of how to reward great teachers” (The Age, 15/6) misses the point. The fact is that teachers, as a whole, are systematically underpaid for the work they do.

Julie Bishop has latched on to a report by the US Centre for Quality Teaching to support her proposal for performance pay. The report may be noteworthy because the authors have teaching experience. It doesn’t follow that they know how performance pay works in practice.

Performance pay has been much reviewed in many industries over many years and has been found to be a bad idea for most occupational groups. The 52-page US report does not review any of these studies.

Performance pay for teachers deserves an F rating.

Ian Hundley, North Balwyn

AGE

Powered by ScribeFire.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s