Is effort a bargaining chip for teachers?

A controversy has arisen re. a proposed jump in teachers’ salaries of nine per cent over two years.

A controversy has arisen re. a proposed jump in teachers’ salaries of nine per cent over two years.

I disagree.

I don’t necessarily disagree with the amount of the increase, but I do disagree with the method in which it is to be administered.

In most other workplaces, increments are not handed out across the board, but are delivered based on the individual’s efficiency and output.

One teacher made a media comment recently, saying, “If they do pay us a little bit more, then we’ll work even harder.”

The implication is she is presenting giving somewhat less to her profession and her students than she would if she were paid a little bit more.

However, she avoided stating at what point she is prepared to give l00 per cent.

As a former teacher, I am aware that some teachers, being extremely dedicated and working diligently to see that no student is left behind, could possibly be in line for a larger increase than what is offered.

Other teachers may be content to put on a video and relax during classes.

The efficiency of teachers could easily be determined by set tests being given to students at both the beginning and end of school terms.

Our Alberta education results sadly lag behind those of other jurisdictions; however, should such a system be implemented, the learning curve could easily be turned around.

Audrey Jensen

Red Deer