Obama is pushing for paying teachers based off of student performance: Obama's merit pay idea gets skeptical eye - Milford, MA - The Milford Daily News WHAT!!!!!!! :-o :lol: One of the worst ideas so far. Obviously the goal is to pay the teachers who are able to teach their students well, BUT, a few things about this bug me: 1. Teachers would be way more inclined to offer extra credit and even be extra lenient on bad students. After all, by passing out higher grades they'd be literally writing their own paycheck. 2. It screws over the honest teachers who just get stuck with really bad students or straight up troublemakers. You can be the best teacher in the world and there are some kids that just don't care to be in school. Why should you get paid less because of that? 3. Technically if students cheated it would benefit the teacher because it would appear as if his/her class was doing better than it really was. So the teacher would have little to no incentive to prevent cheating or even bother looking for it. Another example of change we don't need. :rant: Honestly, the idea is so dumb that I wonder how none of his advisors thought of the downsides. It's simply naive and stupid to think such an idea would actually be beneficial. Where did this guy come from? Some of the best teachers I had were very strict and failed several students. They didn't mess around and they didn't put up with BS from troublemakers either. You didn't do the homework? What? Ok, you get an F. Plain and simple. A good teacher isn't afraid to fail students. Most of the bad teachers I've had have been pansy's when it comes to giving out bad grades. I've had teachers that literally gave kids 3 and 4 chances to retake tests. These same kids would often times cheat on tests right in front of the teacher and she didn't care. Oh but their grades will be higher so I suppose we should give that teacher a raise. It's ludicrous.