What If the NFL Played by Teachers Rules?
By: Charles R. Schwab
Topic: What’s more important skill vs. pay?
This editorial talks about how now in society, it doesn’t matter on your skill it’s all about how long you’ve been working in that place that decides you pay. The editorial compares NFL to teachers. Imagine each player salary is based on how long he’s been in the league. It’s about tenure, and not talent. The same scale is used on every player, no matter whether he’s an All-Pro quarterback or the last man on the roaster. The NFL alternate reality is the real-life American public education. Teacher’s salaries have no relation to whether teachers are actually good at their job- excellence isn’t rewarded and neither is extra effort. Their pay is usually determined by how long they’ve been teaching. After a teacher has earned its tenure it’s hard to fire them, doesn’t matter how their performance is. Over the past 20 years it’s been told that a big part of the problem is crumbling schools, that with new buildings and computers in every classroom, everything would improve. These same misguided beliefs and front and center in President Obama’s jobs plan, which includes billions for “public school modernization” We’ve been spending billions of dollars in school modernization for decades and they suspect we could keep doing it until the end of the world without much in the way of academic results. The only beneficiaries are the teachers unions. The results we’re looking for are students learning, so we need to reward great teachers who show they can get the job done; and get rid of bad teachers who don’t get the job done. I agree with the editorial. It’s not fair to the students when they don’t learn properly all because the teacher was bad. It’s definitely not fair to the teachers who get paid less because they haven’t been a teacher as long as the other, but is a better teacher. The author covered the topic very well. He put in key points and evidence. I love...