Monday, June 25, 2007


New York mayor Michel Bloomberg has announced a merit pay program, in which low-income students and their parents will receive cash incentives for such things as standardized test performance, showing up for school, and finding their way to parent-teacher conferences.

As a parent and former teacher, I find this shocking. So much for teaching self-sufficiency and internal motivation. Instead, let's throw a little money at the problem and hope it goes away. It's insulting to educators, parents, and students alike.

Follow this link Money For Merit Program Unveiled For NYC Schools to the Queens Chronicle article for more details.

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