Saturday, January 14, 2012

Daugaard Fails Logic Test

Governor Daugaard spoke about his merit pay and testing proposal in Yankton yesterday.  According to the Press & Dakotan,

"Some studies have shown that merit pay systems have not improved test scores implemented at schools elsewhere, but Daugaard doesn’t believe those programs were as widespread and all-encompassing as his plan."

Let's follow the logic here.  Studies show key parts of his plan don't work on a small scale, but we are supposed to believe they will work on a large scale.  I wouldn't accept that logic in a paper or debate round.

Logically, the one thing that can be all encompassing if one makes failed programs larger is failure


David Newquist said...

There is a large body of scholarly-type materials coming out the experiments with merit pay from the last 40 years which suggest that it is destructive of the educational enterprise. Merit pay also has had its destructive effects in businesses, also. The awarding of huge bonuses to executives while the rest of the country languishes in a stalled economy can be regarded as a prime example of "merit" pay.

David Newquist said...

Should read "coming out of."

caheidelberger said...

Excellent! You beat me to the punch! This dismissal of empirical evidence by the administration, as well the absence of any counter evidence, is shocking. Call Bernie!

General Beadle said...

Give the governor credit for his one sparse piece of empirical evidence - we are paying for far more support staff and teachers while they have far fewer students than in past decades, yet the scholarly results are poorer, by far. But after this evidence the governor's argument falls apart into the abyss of wishes, hopes, feelings, and beliefs.

The governor not only chooses to ignore the empirical studies debunking merit pay, but he also ignores the methods used to achieve academic rigor from the nation's whose school achievement he admired. From the Argus, "The governor said he has been reading about education reform, meeting with Schopp and watching how student achievement in South Dakota and the United States has lagged compared to other industrialized countries." The governor should show intellectual honesty by adapting working aspects of a system that delivers a world-leading standard of academic excellence instead of wasting student time and taxpayer money on what's failed.