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Merit Pay for Teachers

March 31, 2005

I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to respond to the letter, "Merit Pay for Teachers" by Leon Lewandowski, March 24, 2005.

Rarely are we given such clear insight into, what I consider, the skewed, illogical, thinking of the left.

In the real world, if Mr. Lewandowski's hypothetical chef did not prepare food palatable to the patrons of the restaurant in which he works, he would most likely be fired and/or the restaurant be forced to close. It is incumbent on a chef to prepare food his restaurant patrons will accept, eat and better still, enjoy.

It always astounds me that many teachers do not believe they should be held accountable for the failures of the students they teach. If not the teachers, then who?

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Parents who pay taxes to support our schools and students who attend them deserve better. In my opinion, merit pay for teachers would go a long way toward improving the quality of education in this country.

It may come as a shock to many teachers, but most of us have to do more than just show up for work. We are required by our employers to do our jobs, and just maybe, in the process, make a difference.

Barbara Bell

La Cañada Flintridge

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