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Like Gov. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, I believe that an incentive structure for the teaching profession is long overdue and much needed. But although I commend the Governor for his efforts to implement a master-teacher plan, I also applaud State Senator Tommy Burks, who had the gumption to "jump off the bandwagon" and cast the decisive vote to defer the plan.
The Bell commission's report and its call for educational "excellence" are before us. But if we are to combat the "rising tide of mediocrity," we would be wise to rethink our educational philosophy and pedagogical methods, or else more homework, longer school years, and elaborate testing can only result in repeating our present mistakes on a larger scale.
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