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EDUCATION: How about merit pay for parents?

Letter by Joe Axel Hallberg, Tacoma on April 1, 2011 at 1:47 pm | 34 Comments »
April 1, 2011 1:47 pm

In public school discussions, we hear the arguments on teacher pay and evaluation. Is there a better way than seniority to judge a teacher’s performance?

I propose a partial solution. Evaluate parents. Judge their merits as successful caregivers. Those in the top range could get credits as rewards for being effective parents. Those parents in the less successful categories would not receive tax credits.

I’m giving much credit to “power parents.” They would receive rewards of having mastered
the elusive and heretofore undercompensated skills of parenting. Schools, classrooms and by extension teachers would all be beneficiaries of the students of these merit parents. Student scores would rise.

As a retired teacher, I say you could have lowered my pay and increased my class size. just assist teachers with the discipline problems. Real education would flourish. The power students would become more powerful. All would benefit. The real secret in the educational process is parents.

Power parents usually have power children who are assets to classrooms. They facilitate classroom learning and directly and indirectly create a desirable learning atmosphere
where everyone benefits.

Give me a school principal who supports this model, and the school will work.

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