Under the influence of wrong-headed economists, Bill Gates has publicly stated that teachers should not be paid more for experience or education because such things do not raise test scores. This is really a terrible set of ideas. I have never met a teacher who said that experience doesn’t matter. Every teacher I know says that he or she tried to improve every year, and that they didn’t reach their stride until five to seven years in the classroom. As for education, I don’t know how a master’s degree affects test scores, but I would think someone who believes in education would want more education and would find it valuable to study subjects and the issues of education in greater depth. The “philosophy,” if you can call it that, that everything should be decided by test scores or some other metric, is essentially anti-intellectual and detrimental to the larger goals of education.
A reader sent me this email about how the education philosophy of Bill Gates and the Gates Foundation is affecting the rest of the world, and not for the better: