I’ve seen this subject discussed elsewhere and thought I’d start a thread for comments.
My personal opinion is that this idea is of course great in principle but a complete failure once you go for implementation. I mean really what merits are we judging? how many students pass the class? well we all know how that will go. Students will graduate knowing even less than they do now.
As it is it seems our education system is trending towards lowering standards so more students graduate. Our system is failing, instead of teaching kids to strive to do the best you can do we teach them its ok to be lazy and take the easy route. Here take this easier math/english course instead, you will still graduate.
I realize there are some students who need extra help and it should be provided but having a course with lower standards just so a student can graduate is a piss poor idea. Another hit to our childrens education is the last thing we need and merit based pay would be a hit.
A merit based system does not work without proper metrics and lets face it # of students passing would be our governments lazily implemented metric for success. Bonuses for teachers who consistently exceed expectations and go the extra mile hell yes I’m for that this plan of kevin falcons is fucking retarded.
Also, Mr falcon people do think you eat too many chocolate bars.