A reader emails:
Like you I fully support the idea of teacher performance measurement and bonus pay for those teachers making a real difference for our kids.
An article in the Dom Post this morning should be the rallying call for all those parents and supporters alike to bash down the objections of the various unions and other left wing lunatics.
I find it interesting that for a group (along with a number of BOT’s) reputedly so opposed to National standards they will still recommend/accept concurrence for their work “above an beyond” normal duties. Especially in light of one possible criteria outlined in the article “It is also available as an incentive for good performance”. Isn’t this precisely what the lunatics all bemoan? Seems there is a third way – object vociferously to performance management being introduced but turn a blind eye (and stay very quiet) about the current practice. I wonder just how many schools have applied for concurrence in the past year? My bet is a large number (under cover of darkness).
Patrick Walsh and the rest of his brethren should be called on this and all their objections to anything related to performance pay, ranking of students and teachers and incentives should be smacked down.
I notice that Mr Ian Leckie in the article has a crisis of conscious. He starts out defending the practice (differentiating the payments from actual performance) and then realises his contradiction and that he has divulged something secret and then climbs back on wanderly wagon to say “it’s not ok”.
What a tosser Mr Leckie and his union mates are!