Why Teacher “Incentives” Fail

The following comments respond to the article How to Humiliate and Disgrace a Noble Profession: Is There No Limit to the Insults Being Heaped Upon America’s Teachers? by David Macary.


Mr. Macary makes many good points in this article, especially about the factors outside of a teachers control as a primary reason teacher “incentives” yield little to no results.  Most teachers give it their all every day, as teaching is a calling.  Those who have given their all year after year and may be burned out or have lost their passion should be provided the opportunity to reinvigorate and not be belittled or discarded like a used part.  And as with any member of society, those teachers who violate laws should be charged and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.  The latter group should not be used to smear the entire profession.  For if that were done across professions, there would be no profession untainted, be it industry or public service.  Lastly, this is not to say that public education should not have standards, or be held accountable.  They just need to be specific, measurable, attainable, and relevant.  Yet, many of the proposed accountability measures are so far from the control of any teacher that they are nowhere near attainable except in rare circumstances which are touted as justification for application to all.

This current, sustained attack on teachers is ridiculous, and disenfranchising many who serve our country.  Those of you who are unaware of these widespread, and often concerted, attacks on teachers should pay heed as it may impact you and your children at some point soon.  It is not simply a one-sided political party issue either, as select Democrats and Republicans alike seek to pilfer from the public.  Public funds for education are up for grabs by those who claim they are acting in the best interest of children, yet the money trail belies their true interests which appears to be increasing their private wealth at the expense of our nation’s youth.

Do not simply sit by while public education falls to the conquests of the rich and powerful.  Consider your role in improving public education so it may continue to serve your children and theirs.  Get involved in the debate and any ballot measures or initiatives which may be masked by false intent.  Speak your truth to defend a public school system that brought our nation to where we are today, landing a one-ton rover named Curiosity on Mars.  While it has faults, and as with any system can benefit from improvements, it does not need to fall into the hands of privateers whose interests lie in the profits to be mined and not the minds to be profited.

About Dave aka Mr. Math Teacher

Independent consultant and junior college adjunct instructor. Former secondary math teacher who taught math intervention, algebra 1, geometry, accelerated algebra 2, precalculus, honors precalculus, AP Calculus AB, and AP Statistics. Prior to teaching, I spent 25 years in high tech in engineering, marketing, sales and business development roles in the satellite communications, GPS, semiconductor, and wireless industries. I am awed by the potential in our nation's youth and I hope to instill in them the passion to improve our world at local, state, national, and global levels.
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