Economists want to stop teachers' degree bonuses

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Registered: 08-23-1997
Economists want to stop teachers' degree bonuses
Sun, 11-21-2010 - 11:05pm

Have you guys seen this article?

The article begins...

"Every year, American schools pay more than $8.6 billion in bonuses to teachers with master's degrees, even though the idea that a higher degree makes a teacher more effective has been mostly debunked......"

Ok, fine. So they don't want to pay us then don't make us get the d***m degree. I don't know how it is in your state, but I've taught in NY and CT and they both REQUIRE an MA after a certain number of years. Why do we have to get the degree if it's worthless? I'm so tired of all the teacher bashing I read in the news. My local paper in particular is very anti-teacher and anti-union in general, so much so, I actually cancelled my subscription because I couldn't stand reading their drivel all the time. This article was from an AP feed, though.

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Registered: 04-07-2002

You know, I don't know about an M.Ed, but in my master's in my subject, instrumental conducting, I did learn things that I could bring to the classroom, and did.

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Registered: 12-04-2000

Here the masters is now optional, but we have continuing ed requirements for license renewal. Most schools have the MS/MA pay scale in their contracts so many people get the masters degree while meeting the continuing ed mandates.

Under the old requirements I