Time magazine looks at the need for new teachers in the country, and discusses the possibility of merit pay. It’s a controversial idea, of course, but as the magazine says, parents know that not all teachers are of the same quality–that’s why they lobby to get their particular kids into a specific class.
It also mentions other concerns in schools, such as the fact that many high school students are taught by teachers without sufficient knowledge of the subject and lack of teacher support in the classroom.
As the article makes clear, there are a lot of issues to think through in setting up any merit-pay system. But thinking through them can be a useful exercise.