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Money for Meritocracy

June 17, 2011

I recently read an article entitled Issues in Education that, in summary, called for “greater emphasis on improving the quality of pre- and primary schools through increased incentives to attract the best teachers.”

This article was primarily concerned with the education system in Bostwana, which according to the authors, “encourages teacher negativity and deviant behavior, an issue found prevalent in some African countries.  The salary structure has lowered the morale and dignity of the teachers and the teaching profession.” 

Relative to Botswana, the U.S. system makes teaching much more attractive and competitive compared to other professions, but we still have a ways to go.  I look forward to a day when kids won’t have to trade in their innocent aspirations of becoming a teacher for adult cravings of material wealth, because they will be able to achieve both at the same time.

But even for those who don’t dream of becoming tomorrow’s leaders in education, they will still be more well equipped to become leaders in whatever field they dream of. Because from as early as the pre- and primary levels, their talents will be nurtured and groomed. The entire world will benefit exponentially. Better teachers will breed better engineers, who will design better systems operated by better managers, artists, etc.

This domino effect of achievement & opportunity will all be attributed to one core principle – meritocracy.

Now wouldn’t that be nice.

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