Teachers unions are just a protection racket for useless teachers who screw up kids lives.
In the UK where they are looking at paying teachers on performance, new research has found that despite vocal objections from the unions, most teachers welcome the principle behind it.
Teachers could earn £70,000 a year after just five years in the profession under a new performance-related pay scheme, according to a study.
A report by the influential Policy Exchange think tank found that a regime introduced by ministers could see the best performing teachers earning higher wages within a much quicker time frame than under the traditional format.
The study, published on Friday, says the scheme – which has been fiercely opposed by classroom unions – could attract more graduates to the profession, driving up the quality of teaching in schools across the country.
Qualified teachers in schools run by local authorities currently earn a minimum of £21,804, or £27,270 in inner London, depending on how long they have served. Senior teachers can make up to £57,520, or £64,677 in the capital, according to the Department for Education, while head teachers can reach a salary of between £42,803 and £113,303.
Under the performance-related pay system, which was introduced last year but will take effect from September, teachers would be able to earn as much as £70,000 a year, without leaving the classroom, within an estimated five to eight years, the report found.
Welcoming the scheme, it says performance-related pay has been implemented in high-performing education systems abroad, including Shanghai, without adverse effects for teachers and students. The study notes that pay is not the primary motivator for the majority of teachers but says those who perform best should be rewarded.
It recommends the system should include an evaluation based on several measures, not just test or exam scores, which takes place over more than one year to reduce volatility in results and to allow staff to adjust to the new assessments.
The paper found that despite vocal objections from the unions, most teachers welcome the principle behind it.
Is there anything the teacher unions support other than their own ideas? They don;t hold a monopoly on ideas, and it is high time they were put in their place.