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anigbrowl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-11-09 01:34 PM
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13. I'm in favor of both public education and merit pay
So are some teachers:

Merit pay and school choice are not magic bullets to fix the educational system, and more than indiscriminately pouring money into it - or indiscriminately cutting budgets. I grew up in Europe, where streaming is the norm, school choice is taken for granted, and there is a lot of testing, both school-run and state-run at different times. But I'm very happy with the education I got, and with the fact that it was in a public school.

I think the debates in American education often devolve into people just projecting stereotypes onto each other from opposite sides of the political fence. A pragmatic approach to overhauling education should include looking honestly at all options and being willing to give the time of day to new concepts that have been demonstrated to work elsewhere, without losing sight of the things that do work particularly well which we want to keep.
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