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The Peril and Promise of Performance Pay: Making Education Compensation Work


reviewed by Warren Hodge January 11, 2010

coverTitle: The Peril and Promise of Performance Pay: Making Education Compensation Work
Author(s): Donald B. Gratz
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham
ISBN: 1607090112, Pages: 284, Year: 2009
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Christopher Hedges, in his recent book Empire of Illusion (2009), argues that our society is being threatened by a deluge of propaganda, untruths, and pseudo events—cultural distractions that create their own realities. For these distractions, he blames the media, pop culture, corporate America, and politicians, and he posits that as we move from a print-based society to a post-literate society, we will lose the ability to distinguish between illusion and reality and come to confuse propaganda with ideology, brands with real experiences, and pseudo events for reality. Ultimately, we will be unable to make informed decisions—which could be more perilous than promising.     More so than any other social institution, schools are charged with propagating literacy and numeracy from generation to generation. But how are we best to enhance and maintain successful transmission—particularly of the ability to think and make decisions? In The Peril and Promise of Performance Pay: Making Education... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: January 11, 2010
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15896, Date Accessed: 12/14/2017 7:53:19 AM

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  • Warren Hodge
    University of North Florida
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    WARREN HODGE is an associate professor of educational leadership at the University of North Florida where he teaches graduate education courses, among them, leadership development and assessment, education research, and education law. His research interests include transformational leadership and its impact on school reform, and the nexus between law, ethics, and leadership behavior.
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