August 31, 2010 at 7:00 pm in INFORUM
BISMARCK North Dakota is looking to get creative when it comes to paying teachers.
Tags: Education, ND Legislature, North Dakota, teacher pay, Teachers 3 Comments »
Sounds pretty ambiguous to me, I sense they are trying to sound like they are doing something when nothing will happen.
If we want to raise the educational standards of North Dakota, we need to give more instruction time to the students so they can keep up with the international educational level, which is outpacing the United States. As the world becomes an international job market, these are the people our children will be competing for jobs with.
The only way to do this is to go to a 12 month school year, and add important facets lacking in our curriculum now.
Paying teachers more because they do their job isn’t going to help, it will only draw teachers to jobs that are easier to do so they can excel at them. We will still have the hard to accomplish jobs needing to be filled with no benefit.
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Back in the day, teaching was one of the very few careers open to women, so the best and the brightest taught and were able to care for their own children during the summers. Now, however, teaching is only one of many careers available and, unfortunately, one of the lowest paid: we’re lucky that the dedicated teachers we have remain teaching. Pay more for excellence? Yes! Pay less for just-doing-time? Yes!
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Who was it that wanted to pay doctors with chickens? Maybe that would work for teachers. Come to think of it, since Dalpimple gets a state paycheck and millions in ag subsidies, maybe he should get paid in chickens or maybe if there is extra cheese he could get paid in cheese or soybeans. Then when he goes to the steakhouse he can pay for his steak and his scotch with two chickens, a pig, and five bushels of sunflowers. And as long as he eats in ND, he can pay the tip with a peck of kumkwats. If he eats in MN, all the waiters make a hundred thousand dollars so they don’t need to be tipped. See, problem solved. I think some businesses are going to have to get bigger cash registers.
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