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In a USA TODAY article Reg Weaver stated If we truly want toimprove the quality of teachers in the classroom through compensationlets pay teachers for the knowledge and skills they gain provideincentives to teach in hard-to-staff schools and offer salariescompetitive with other professions that require a college degree Whathe is saying is that we should not judge the teachers on how the studentdoes on standardized tests but for how teachers teach and how they canimprove through out the year Also he is stating that teachers shouldnot be paid less than what people would get paid without having adegree Merit Pay for teachers is unfair because it is biased it makesteachers work harder for the students achievement and it would becomea competition among the teachers as to who would be doing better A key element of President Barack Obamas proposal for education ispaying teachers according to how well their students perform onstandardized tests Proponents of merit pay argue that good teachersshould be rewarded and that the incentive of a hight salary willmotivate teachers to produce better results in the classroom Opponentsof merit pay including the National Education Association point outthat there is no fair way of measuring how effective a teacher is in aparticular classroom because of the diverse needs of the various typesof student in the education system Critics of merit pay also fear thatpay based on test results would encourage more cheating and manipulationof test results and lead to less cooperation between teachersVery few people are paid on the basis of measured outcomes Statisticsshow that only fifteen to thirty percent of all workers get any kind ofperformance pay Levin Also six percent of these systems are ongoingperformance pay Levin Seventy percent of all teachers oppose MeritPay Levin Teachers oppose this scheme because it makes it acompetition between teachers Also to improve education it dependscritically on teachers commitment anything that reduces commitment islikely to better school outcomes Levin This is saying that for theteachers
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