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To Pay or Not to Pay (Based on Performance)

A major issue among educators and administrators alike is performance-based pay. Some argue that it incentivizes teachers to improve while also punishing bad teachers. Other professions, like law and medicine, pay people according to performance, so why not education? Others say that these incentives are skewed and will result in teachers trying to game the system or […]

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The South Korean Edge

A lot debate has centered on what elements actually make a good school system. Several approaches highlight different factors, but a few international comparisons have brought some new factors to light, especially in South Korea, which scored very high on international comparisons. Teacher training remains high on the list. Training before ever stepping foot into a […]

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The Finnish Approach

Finland constantly tops the charts when it comes to great school systems. The question remains—why? Part of the answer might be that teachers in Finland are highly trained, paid and respected. But, along with this, they also have more autonomy when it comes to decision making than teachers in many other countries. When they see students […]

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