Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Open Letter to Peter Garret

The New York Times today reports that the New York City public school system has permanently abandoned their performance pay scheme for teachers.

This is due to a Rand Corporation study that shows that the system has no benefits at all for students.

This is only the latest piece of evidence in a long list that shows this kind of performance bonus scheme does nothing to improve performance not only in education but in work in general. (For a summary of this research see the blog of Bob Sutton, a Stanford professor)

Given the fact that this misguided policy was initially inspired by New York - where they are now wisely abandoning it - and given the many negative effects of teacher performance bonuses that I have already pointed out to you in previous letters, and the increasing clear evidence that they don't work, will the Australian Government be shelving the proposed performance bonus scheme for teachers?

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