"In January this year, nearly 8000 teachers working in the US city of Houston, Texas, received bonus cheques from a $US14 million merit pool as part of the district's biggest-ever performance pay scheme. Each teacher was measured against a complex formula that attempted to assess how they helped individual students improve on annual standardised tests. Based on their "performance", some teachers received as much as $US7175 ($A8174); others as little as $US38. Soon after cheques were issued, the name of every teacher who was rewarded a bonus - and exactly how much they received - was published on the website of the city's local paper, the Houston Chronicle."
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Imagine the uproar as these teachers' names were published in the paper. Parents clambering over each other to demand that their children be taught by those teachers ranking highly. The shame and condemnation of those teachers scoring poorly. What an education system to be a part of!
But wait... There's more!
After a while you get used to reading these sorts of stories about educators in the US and with a shake of the head and a 'tut tut' you thank your lucky stars it could never happen in your country (insert your country here). Well, I was shocked to read at the bottom of this report that the Federal Education Minister of Australia was entertaining this as a GOOD idea! What???
Thank goodness I moved to New Zealand.
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