TIME looks at merit pay, and its history

TIME Magazine’s cover story, “How to Make Great Teachers,” explores the issues of academic freedom (see: union proposal) and bonus pay. Although merit pay may be a buzz word in education reform, it’s not a new concept.

The writer looked to the past — something all of us journalists should do much more often — to see how it has worked.

It’s a long piece, so you might want to make a pot of coffee first…

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.

  • John

    I agree with you Katie! Journalists should look to the past more often to better understand the present. Not just Oakland journalists, but Oakland voters as well. Although I suspect developing a greater sense of historical perspective is not something Oakland (school board, etc.) politicians would particularly appreciate or want to encourage.