I know I haven’t been writing recently, but I posted this on Twitter during lunch today:
Rep Kline introduces teacher pay for performance. Maybe we should start CD2 representation pay for performance. Kline CD2 perf = zero pay…
What does John Kline do for Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District? Dakota County is in danger of losing out on $22.5 million in federal funding to ease rush hour congestion and Kline is against earmarks.
We know how much Kline hates earmarks. He and his staff continually say he can’t ask for earmarks unless the current system of earmarks is fixed.
Well John Kline, what are you doing to fix it?
And yet, John Kline is so concerned (really read a lot of sarcasm in that word, I’m talking Steve Martin sarcasm) about “protecting” our money, that he introduced a bill to waste our money. Kline introduced a teacher pay for performance bill. It sounds like such a great idea, but how do we judge teacher performance on a national level? Will it be how kids do on a test? And that test will be a national test that will test everybody equally, right?
So we start teaching even more to a test than we already do instead of teaching kids to think critically. We teach them to be robots instead of teaching them to be contributing productive members of society.
This is a quote from John Fitzgerald at Minnesota 2020:
“Let’s get this straight: There is no entirely accurate way to judge teacher performance. Therefore, plans to base teacher pay on any perceived “performance” is nothing more than a political sideshow that panders to those ignorant of the situation.”
So John Kline is against money for earmarks that benefit the people of his district with jobs and a better quality of life, but he is for money to be wasted creating more bureaucracy for schools and teachers. I often suspect Kline is more interested in proving government won’t work, than trying to make it work.