The Truth About Merit Pay That Reformers Don’t Want You To Know


Merit pay seems to be all the rage among education reformers in several states. The theory is:

  1. Other industries pay their best employees more, so it must work.
  2. Students will perform better if their teachers are more motivated, and teachers are motivated by more money.

While I can think of a lot of reasons why No. 2 is completely false, I’d like to share the following article by Peter Greene that completely debunks No. 1:

I’d also like to point out that a friend of mine is married to a man who works on straight commission in construction sales. That means that he doesn’t make any money if he doesn’t sale anything. When contractors are building, he makes a commission on millions of dollars in sales. 

Related topics: Education Policy

About the author 

Michelle Boyd Waters, M.Ed.

I am a secondary English Language Arts teacher, a University of Oklahoma student working on my doctorate in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum with an concentration in English Education and co-Editor of the Oklahoma English Journal. I am constantly seeking ways to amplify students' voices and choices.

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