Debatepedia Documents All Pros and Cons of Merit Pay for Teachers
Debatepedia completed on May 15th the most comprehensive pro/con article available on the pros and cons of merit pay for teachers. The article comes at a time when the United States and much of the world are grappling with ways to make their education systems more competitive, and could use a deliberative resource like Debatepedia's article.
May 19, 2009 (FPRC) -- Washington, DC -- Debatepedia has developed the world's most extensive article on the pros and cons of merit pay for teachers. The article draws over 30 pro and con arguments and quotations from over 20 of the most outstanding editorials, opinion pieces, essays, and political statements on the issue. And, it structures these arguments and quotations in Debatepedia's unique pro/con "logic tree" structure. The structure helps separate the primary sub-debates (and arguments and counter-arguments) in this debate, which are represented by some of the following questions: Does merit-based pay improve education? Does it improve the quality of teaching by incentivizing hard work? Does it help attract and retain quality teachers? Does it help weed out bad teachers? Does merit pay distract teachers? Does it create undesirable competition between teachers? Does it discourage teachers from going to needy schools? Can teacher merit be successfully measured? Or does varying student performance get in the way? Is merit pay fairer to teachers? Does it fall pray to principal cronyism? Does it encourage teachers to cheat? Does the market demonstrate the importance of pay for performance? If teachers should be paid more in general, is merit pay the best way to do it? What do past examples of merit pay around the world demonstrate? Debatepedia's community has outlined the pros and con arguments and quotations that fit within and respond to the above sub-debate questions, making it truly the most comprehensive breakdown of the debate available.
Keywords: teacher merit pay, education, teachers
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