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When Mediocrity is Rewarded… by grassroothawaii
March 4, 2011, 6:52 pm
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by Jennell Lewis

Every wonder what the main issue with Hawaii’s school system is?  I’ll tell you-the lack of competition and evaluations of performances among Hawaii’s educators. Who’s with me! This reality has already been acknowledged by Hawaii’s Department of Education (DOE) yet little effort has been made to resolve this problem. Why’s that? It’s simple, it’s because teachers unions are so darn effective,and that’s not a good thing. Essentially teachers unions across the nation, not just here in Hawaii, have become so effective at insuring their jobs that it’s like pulling teeth to rid the system of even the worst educators. I am not going to delve into the topic of unions and the tragic implications they have on innovation and competition, but the reality is that Hawaii’s educators, because of teachers unions, lack incentive to be better teachers and are consequentially detrimental to Hawaii’syouth, economy, and future. When the chances of you getting a salary increase or a promotion based on individual performance is non-existent, and your job is guaranteed meaning you can’t get fired, what incentive do you have to be any more than mediocre? The answer is none. Hawaii consistently ranks among the bottom 5 states in terms of education, and America overall ranks simply “average” on the OECD scale which includes 34 countries. To be more specific theU.S. ranks 14th in reading, 17th in science, and 25th in math. When we look at it from this perspective we can honestly say that Hawaii ranks far below average in a country with an already average education standard. The worst part about this is that official in the HDOE realize this but are failing miserably when it comes to actually doing anything tangible about it.

Jennell Lewis is a policy intern at Grassroot Institute.


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