Has the idea that teachers do what they do purely of love for the profession, with no thought whatsoever to the practicalities and necessities of life, become this thoroughly ingrained? That someone could say with a straight face that a job this demanding doesn’t deserve better pay? And that a teacher who “gives her all” but yet doesn’t teach well deserves as much money as one who actually educates her students?
On the other hand, this type of thinking certainly reflects the “effort matters more than results” and “anyone who loves teaching should be allowed to teach” theories that infest our school systems.
This kind of hostility to recognizing and rewarding merit drives good teachers out of the system, Kimberly argues.