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Submitted by Benita Rowe on

"We care about teachers, but we also have to pay attention to the needs of students". That's it in a nutshell. There are factors that have a greater influence student achievement than teachers (Hattie, Thompson, Bourdieu, etc.). Ideally teachers should be paid well and have access to professional development training if we want them to perform well - as is the case for any other profession - and there should be a greater focus on the factors that we know are having a higher detrimental impact on student outcomes than teachers. I see the merits of performance-based pay but teachers cannot be held responsible for aspects of their students’ lives which are impacting their learning outcomes and completely beyond their control...