Issues with Merit Pay for Teachers

As education administrators the world over conjecture about how to bring about meaningful change (i.e. improvement), one of the potential solutions that regularly comes up for debate is merit pay for teachers (balanced usually with the corresponding accountability and consequences for underperforming teachers).

So, it was interesting to read the thoughts and observations of Daniel Pink on the subject;

Daniel Pink Blog on Teacher Merit Pay

Ultimately, I have a lot of sympathy for his first argument that merit pay systems don’t work very well with complex and creative roles (including teaching). When we come to look at his proposed solutions and put them up against the Indian education system, there has to be a lot of temptation in the ideas of increasing the money right across the board for all teachers, whilst improving the ability to remove poor and weak teachers from the system.


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