Teachable Moments: We’re All Worth More Than a Test Score

“Teachers aren’t the problem, working and learning conditions are. Instead of financing more standardized testing—how did you think they were going to determine merit pay?—why not finance smaller class sizes at the junior, intermediate, and senior levels? More attention from the teacher might not only help academic achievement, but students’ self-esteem too. After all, we’re all worth more than a test score.”

ETT Member Melissa Compain, in a letter to the Globe and Mail, responds to a report by Canadian CEOs arguing for teacher performance pay.

Teachable Moments is an ETT Weekly/website-feature highlighting labour, education, and politics-themed quotes from the past and present, with the goal to engage and inform.