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I invited the PM to work!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Here in NZ teachers are facing the possibility of having increased class sizes, as well as the introduction of performance pay. I, and the rest of the teaching community, am outraged. I truly believe that these politicians have no idea what it takes to be a teacher. So I wrote him an email, inviting him into my class for a day. I probably won't get a response, but it would be awesome if I did! Could you all imagine if the Prime Minister turned up at school for the day?
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    In one respect, pay for performance means paying the best teachers (measured not just by grades!!) top dollar and getting rid of the lousy ones. But, since pols can't figure out that grades aren't everything.....it won't work. When they can grasp the kind of "differentiation" that the business world actually uses, it could mean really great things for our kids.

    But, so long as they are paying based on how many kids get an A on the National test, I say Pffft. emoticon

    Good luck getting the PM to your classroom!!
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  • HEAT7918
    2224 days ago
    It's so frustrating how badly teachers are treated all over the world! (I actually left teaching for a full time government job so I could have some security and benefits.)

    I love the idea of having the Prime Minister in school for the day! You may wish to write to the papers as well to express your opinion more openly, and to more publicly invite the PM to the school. If your whole school is in agreement, then this letter/interview with the paper could be on behalf of the whole school, which would have even more impact!
    2224 days ago
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