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Education should have merit!

By Chris Kniesler, Executive Director of Solutions for New Jersey

Two major initiatives proposed by the Christie Administration in New Jersey call for instituting a merit pay system for teachers and eliminating automatic teacher tenure. While these are bold moves for New Jersey, we have clear models we can use as a guideline. If we make use of existing research, we do not need to re-invent the wheel.

Merit pay and retention based on effectiveness were the norm in the early 1900’s. As the unions grew in power during the 1960’s, they forced the replacement of these practices by automatic raises and guaranteed tenure. Since 2000, the cost of education has risen dramatically and education levels have declined. Bloomberg News recently reported that US students ranked a dismal 25th in math, 17th in science and 14th in reading out of 34 industrialized countries. In college graduation rates, we dropped from 2nd in the world to 9th.

Why teach creation?

Blake's Image of Creation and creationism should be a warning to fools who deny God and His creation narrative. Or those who presume to judge God with theological questions about which they know little themselves. Some dire predictions are also possible today. Creation also answers a great many questions about who we are and where we came from.

Have you ever asked yourself why our culture seems to be disintegrating all around us? Why the moral standards we all had in common a few decades ago seem to have blown away with the wind? The answer may lie in the public classrooms around the world where evolution is being taught as empirical science, and creation not at all.