Argument: Past examples of merit pay for teachers have failed
"Top Ten Reasons Why Merit Pay for Teachers Is a Terrible Idea". Education Portal. July 10th, 2007: 8. It Hasn't Worked Well in the Past
In the 1980s, merit pay for teachers was a popular idea among certain policymakers who saw it as the perfect way to reward good teachers and remove incompetent ones. Few of the programs that were started back then remain today. The reason: The programs didn't work nearly as well as planned.