In the July 20th issue of the Houston Chronicle, John Rodgers congratulates HISD for “rewarding veteran teachers for their years of service by giving them greater increases than those with less experience”.
It should be noted that experience is only one factor among many in determining the quality of a teacher’s instruction. Indeed, experience is sometimes a detriment to the educational process as burnout and stagnation due to stress take their toll on educators.
It is performance, Mr. Rodgers, that needs to be measured and rewarded, not length of tenure. This is true of employment arrangements in all walks of life. Education is no different.