The Merit Pay Mistake. – M. Pullen

Pullen, Mark. “The Merit Pay Mistake.”  Blog. May 22, 2013.  Retrieved from:

A third grade teacher in Michigan explains why merit pay is a bad idea for teachers.  He uses a quote about social norms and market norms along with an example of teachers shielding students from a tornado as why merit pay cheapens the profession.

You see, the things that we most want to see from our nation’s teachers — dedication to students, compassion, love, collegiality, and sacrifice  — are not things that operate under market norms.  They exist only because teachers view their profession as a calling; as a result, turning teaching into a market-normed job will have the effect of making teachers far less dedicated, compassionate, loving, collegial, and sacrificial.


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