A stupid article

May 19th, 2012 at 5:19 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

Education Minister is refusing to say how much top teachers will earn under a scheme or where the funding for extra pay will come from.

How dare the Minister keep secret these key details of the performance pay scheme approved by the Government.

Oh wait …. there is no actual scheme approved, so no details to be released. Oh that means the entire story is absolute nonsense. Damn.

In a pre-Budget speech in which she announced $511.9 million of extra education spending over fours years, Ms Parata said performance pay was among the options being considered as part of an appraisal system to boost quality teaching.

So the article even notes that a performance pay system was merely an option, and not in any way decided upon. Yet the article is all about the Minister keeping the details secret!

 

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14 Responses to “A stupid article”

  1. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,903 comments) says:

    Would you expect anything better from The New Auck Times?

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  2. Johnboy (16,483 comments) says:

    Good grief! Imagine the stupidity of the woman refusing to comment on an employment issue. What is she thinking of? :)

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  3. Johnboy (16,483 comments) says:

    Is that the down market, price cut, shrunken version of a once erudite and knowledgeable pillar of information then you are talking about Adolf? :)

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  4. Elaycee (4,392 comments) says:

    So the NZ Hoorald cocks up again with a bollocks headline and a bollocks story based on comments not made.

    Par for the course.

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  5. flipper (4,051 comments) says:

    Tabby Herald at it again!

    Whale’s depiction of it as the NZ Horrid is accurate

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  6. Johnboy (16,483 comments) says:

    Thank fucking God we Wellingtonians have a proper paper to read in the DomPost!!! :) :)

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  7. Archer (208 comments) says:

    How do we find out who is responsible for writing this article? Be good to avoid their stuff in the future.

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  8. kiwigunner (230 comments) says:

    She did say performance pay might be pay at all but rather attendance at a conference! I think the question is – is there actually any money for performance pay. Given that the minister herself talks about our world class system you could easily expect a lot of performance payments. Now i don’t believe for one minute that teachers will alter their effort for extra money but lets be honest – how much money is enough to change ones effort or performance at work? 5K p.a? 10k p.a.? It is generally excepted that around 14% of children are not reaching desired levels – so maybe 85% of teachers deserve performance pay as I assume this will be paid to teachers who get their children to some magical level – 52,000 teachers means around 45,600 teachers needing reward. If it takes 10k – 1/2 a million dollars needed from somewhere.

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  9. Luc Hansen (4,573 comments) says:

    One could be forgiven for thinking that the minister and her department must have some kind of figure in mind as a suitable performance payment, either a dollar amount or a percentage.

    And for her to reject the claim that our teachers are poorly paid in comparison to similar countries is dishonest when it is well recognised that New Zealand’s wage levels are well below the OECD average, and we are one of the poorer countries in the OECD, becoming poorer each and every day Key and English remain in their jobs.

    I learned a long time ago that the best people to tell me how they could do their job better, more efficiently and effectively were the people actually doing the work.

    Instead, we have one, one time primary school teacher combining with a head of department from a failing education system, Britain, bravely going towards what the OECD terms “formidable obstacles” in trying to assess a basis for performance pay.

    However, in a properly designed incentive system, this is what I would expect to see. I would expect to see a flood of confident, highest quality teachers competing for jobs at our lowest decile schools, because that is where the low hanging fruit for improvement, by definition, must exist, and where any rewards must be directed.

    Reality check, boys and girls: what do think would happen in the real world?

    PS DPF got one thing right – this is the place to come if you are looking for stupid.

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  10. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    kiwigunner
    it is hard to know exactly what it means, but I think we can safely assume that the government doesn’t feel that teachers in general are underpaid. Any performance-based ‘extras’ are likely to be small. If you think along the lines of the charter schools, you could expect those teachers to be judged as high performers to get a McDonald’s voucher or a plastic trophy for being ‘teacher of the month’.

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  11. holysheet (385 comments) says:

    Kiwigunner its obvious you’r not a maths teacher( or a very poor one)
    45000 X $10,000 equals $450,000,000.00 Nearly half a billion dollars!!!!!!!

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  12. Bogusnews (473 comments) says:

    Once again the Herald shows its bias and true colours and blatant attempt to manufacture news.

    I for one have grown so sick and tired of some 24yo journo with no life exper telling me how to vote that I’m glad I cancelled the subscription.

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  13. Yvette (2,808 comments) says:

    Oh wait …. there is no actual scheme approved, so no details to be released. Oh that means the entire story is absolute nonsense. Damn.

    If everything is so bloody vague, why is it exactly $511.9 million of extra education spending over fours years, not $510m or 512 or 515. Or do they release a figure like $ 511.9 million to sound as if they know precisely what they are doing …
    when they don’t?

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  14. Paulus (2,626 comments) says:

    As cancelled Herald nothing for me to get excited over.
    Not paying their wages any more, also pathetic SST.

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