Today's post is part one of a two part discussion on the impact of money on teachers and students in education.
What if we simply paid teachers more? What if we offered teachers incentives for improving their skills and learning more? What if we offered incentives to teachers if their students did better? What if we let teachers decide how to make improvements happen?It's an interesting proposition, one that was implemented in the 1990s in North Carolina and is again being suggested by former NC Governor, Jim Hunt. You can read about what North Carolina did, their results, a Jim Hunt's current proposal here.
I think we need to ask important questions here, because the answers matter. Why did this seem to work in North Carolina? Why did North Carolina stop? Will it work again? Is it worth it to try?
What do you think?