Many will consider this blasphemy, but, I’ve been pondering lately:
If our best public and private schools are pretty good (perhaps even better than Finland?),
And, if the majority (not all, but most) of our best AND our worst public (and private) schools use salary schedules which base teacher compensation primarily on degrees/credits/credentials obtained and years of experience or service…
Can we really attribute the failures of our worst schools to these features of teacher compensation?
Yeah… there might be a better (more efficient and effective way), but is this really the main problem?