Julie Bishop, whose ill thought out talking points on teacher performance pay went precisely nowhere when they were considered last week at a ministerial meeting with the states as predicted, has come clean and admitted her “incentives” model would lead to many teachers being paid less. The Minister, of course, is not advocating a pay cut for teachers, or is she?
“If people aren’t being paid just on the basis of years in the job, the increments would not automatically increase,” she told ABC’s Insiders program.
“Those who are assessed as being more skilled — their performance is better than others — would have a salary increase. Those who would not be so assessed would be paid less.”
Yet she denied that this amounted to cutting wages.
“I’m not talking about pay cuts. I’m talking about a differential in salaries,” she said.
Some of her previous musings have acknowledged that part of the problem with the teaching profession is that many who would otherwise want to join it, or stay in it, get demoralised by the comparatively low pay. Getting “stuck” at the top of a rather short incremental ladder is a big part of it. It’s pretty obvious to anyone but the logically challenged Federal Minister why the current proposal is an awful idea, but if you need any convincing, go read this ripper of a post from Pavlov’s Cat:
Is this what happens when pollies blindly follow the ideology of their parties? Is the economic-rationalist notion that human beings are merely quantifiable units something that these people really believe? Or have they just stopped bothering to see whether the ideology matches up with the daily life as we know and live it?
But in the meantime, Ms Bishop, here’s an idea for improving the performance of teachers. Leave them the hell alone, and stop putting even more unwanted and unwarranted stress on them than the load they’re already carrying.
Update: Tigtog links to a number of posts at different blogs on the Bishop and performance pay themes.