Being a Mac girl, Bill Gates is not my guy — but the Microsoft founder spoke to the nations governors about education spending and I’d imagine that teachers wouldn’t give the gagazillionare a passing grade for his advocacy for performance based pay. In the article — the headline being “Gates: Spending cuts don’t have to harm learning” Gates prepared to speak to the nation’s governors’ taking a new approach to compensating teachers….
“There are people in the field who think class size is the only thing,” Gates said in an interview with The Associated Press prior to his speech. “But in fact, the dominant factor is having a great teacher in front of the classroom.”
Among his recommendations on what not to do, Gates told governors that they should not use furloughs to reduce costs because it’s only a temporary fix that leaves compensation demands intact for future years. Nor should they put more dollars into compensating teachers based on the advanced degrees they’ve obtained and their years of service as a teacher. He said the ideal scenario would be to classify teachers and to compensate them based on how well their students learned. emphasis added
Maybe Gates is just bitter because most educators prefer Macs…or maybe he’s just speaking common sense.