That’s the question up for debate over at Living in Dialogue, a Teacher Magazine blog authored by Anthody Cody, a veteran science teacher. He notes an irony in the U.S. Department of Education backing merit pay.
If those rewards are based on the same standardized tests that candidate Obama decried, what behavior will they promote? More emphasis on test preparation, and less time for art, science, music and history. Test preparation is educational malpractice — it is bad for our students. We must not reward malpractice.
It’s worse than malpractice,” says one Virginia teacher. “I think it fools the public into believing that some substantive learning has occurred.”