There must be something in the water when I read Madville Times and find myself in agreement with its author on the idea of paying math and science teachers an $8,000 bonus over all other teachers simply because they teach math and science. I’m in complete disbelief and on this particular policy in agreement with Heidelberger. (minus the personal put down directed towards our Governor of course…)
Governor Daugaard ups the bonus for math and science teachers to $8000? but only gives those bonuses to new teachers in their first five years on the job.Now on the one hand, Governor Daugaard wants to give $5000 to the top 20% of teachers based on their proven performance. But he wants to hand an even greater amount to teachers before they have demonstrated they can really add value in the classroom.
Then, once the rookies learn the ropes, once they get even better at their jobs, once they anchor themselves in the community and show a willingness to make a long-term commitment, Governor Daugaard will say, ?Great! Gotcha! I?m cutting your pay $8000.?
So if I?m a new college graduate with a math or science degree, and I?m looking to pay off my $40,000 student debt, I could take Governor Daugaard up on his offer, knowing that in five years, my earning power is going to take a huge hit.
I really believe this is a misguided policy. Teachers of all subjects work hard. Last time I checked, it was important for children to be able to read, write, understand the world they are living in, be knowledgable about history and our culture. Math and science are great subjects, but this policy sends the worst message of the three major proposals. I have a really hard time putting a higher value on a teacher based simply on the subject they teach.