The editorial board at the Times weighs in this morning (and I mean a heavy-handed weigh-in) in an editorial on the subject of merit pay for teachers.
They imply that all threats of strikes would be gone with merit pay. Don't teachers sometimes strike over other things?
"There would be room to discuss other workplace concerns that, let's face it, don't compel teachers to hit the pavement."
"We might actually get somewhere on education reform if the first word out of the gate wasn't money, particularly in a recession."
First of all, it's always about money, teachers or no teachers. Second, this country, this district isn't moving forward on education reform because of teachers? Because that's the implication I read into that sentence.
"Professional standards for judging teachers ought to include not just test scores, but classroom observations and — taking a page from higher education — feedback from parents and students."