Many school reformers view teacher merit pay as one of the “be all, end all” solutions to the challenges facing schools, even though it’s been found to never work (see The Best Resources For Learning Why Teacher Merit Pay Is A Bad Idea).

Today, The New York Times published a column that highlights all of what is wrong about merit pay. However, they talk about it in the context of doctors and the medical profession and not teachers.

Here’s an excerpt from The Problem With ‘Pay for Performance’ in Medicine and it’s all very applicable to teachers, as well:


I’m adding it to a collection of resources I’ve been accumulating about the parallels between school and medical reformers.