Creating a "market-based" teacher salary system:
N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory says North Carolina should pay its technology, math and science teachers more than some other educators. McCrory's remarks came during a brief appearance at the N.C. Technology Association's Outlook for IT event in Charlotte on Friday.
He told the capacity crowd at the Hilton Center City that North Carolina needs to improve the quality of education it provides in the areas of technology, math and science. To do that, he said the state should consider paying higher wages to teachers specializing in those fields.
Hopefully he was just doing what he always does, pander to the crowd in front of which he's standing. Because if he isn't, it proves he's a dunce that has no business setting education policy. No matter how much you pay your STEM teachers, if students don't have a solid grounding in language and reading comprehension, they will be unable to grasp and follow instruction in the technical categories. Education is one of those areas in which "the market" simply has no relevance, but I fear many Republicans don't have the ability to comprehend that.