Tuesday, June 01, 2010

What's the Theory of Action Again?


Peter Cunningham, a spokesman for the federal Education Department, said, “We know TAP (the Chicago Teacher Advancement Program, a performance pay system) and other reforms are hard work. We can’t expect immediate results. That’s why we’re committed to evaluating programs over the long term and identifying ones that deliver the results for children.”

But isn't a premise of an incentive-based approach that it isn't such hard work if the right incentives are put in place? That the reason traditional reforms don't work is because they mis-understand human nature and motivation? Is performance pay just sort of a prelude to the same old reform processes that will suddenly work with a little extra cash incentive?

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