So a Government Education Minister has finally decided on the radical step of paying good teachers more than bad ones. Needless to say, everybody is up in arms.
Introducing any kind of real-world market forces into Teaching never goes down well. The Unions oppose it because they have to be seen to be opposing things, the hopeless teachers don't like it because they will get paid less and the good teachers say they oppose it in the staffroom, but are secretly delighted. The main objection is that 'it is too difficult'.
Bradley and Jordan from Year 9 have used that excuse in the past to great effect.
I'd go further and pay more to those who teach subjects for which we are short of teachers. The howls of protest would put a werewolf to shame.
Here's an story about a Saudi Arabian man who got a bit carried away with his love for education.
Finally, best of luck to my good pal Jez Bragg who is starting today on a 3000 km run along the Te Araroa Trail in New Zealand. It goes North to South across both islands and you can follow his progress on his blog here and on Twitter here (He is hoping to be able to pronounce the name of the route by the end of January)