Perspectives in Education- Part 21: The Basics of Merit Pay
Merit, or performance pay, is a relatively new phenomena in educational reform. Originally, when the United States was a more rural and agricultural Nation, teachers were hired to teach a variety of ages in a single classroom where the school paid their room and board and they received a small stipend. As the country became more industrialized and with the growth of urban centers, teachers | Read More »
Perspectives in Education- Part 14: Does Classroom Size Matter?
Shifting the subject matter somewhat from vouchers and funding, one important aspect of educational reform is the subject of classroom size. Specifically, what is the ideal class size for optimal learning? Unfortunately, the results of numerous studies when implicated at the policy level results in a one-size-fits-all attitude that often flagrantly ignores other equally important factors. Such is the mindset of the NEA and other | Read More »
Perspectives in Education- Part 5- Teacher Unions
The precursor to today’s NEA was formed in 1857. They took on their current name in 1870. Initially, the union barred both women and blacks. Needless to say, teacher unions have been around for many years. Today, the NEA is both the largest professional organization and the largest union in America. That is part of the problem from the start, but more on that in | Read More »