Oct 042011

Imagine the National Football League in an alternate reality. Each player’s salary is based on how long he’s been in the league. It’s about tenure, not talent. The same scale is used for every player, no matter whether he’s an All-Pro quarterback or the last man on the roster. For every year a player’s been in this NFL, he gets a bump in pay. The only difference between Tom Brady and the worst player in the league is a few years of step increases. And if a player makes it through his third season, he can never be cut from the roster until he chooses to retire, except in the most extreme cases of misconduct.

Let’s face the truth about this alternate reality: The on-field product would steadily decline. Why bother playing harder or better and risk getting hurt?

No matter how much money was poured into the league, it wouldn’t get better. In fact, in many ways the disincentive to play harder or to try to stand out would be even stronger with more money.

via Fran Tarkenton: What if the NFL Played by Teachers’ Rules? – WSJ.com.

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  1. Your logic stream here is a domino construct of your mind that you simply let fall into place without any real effort at illumination. I have no idea what the motivation of seasoned football players is or is not, but I did get to see the great hit on Fran Tarkenton by Hanburger that Tark said was the hardest he ever received. You could feel it in the stands. I also taught school with many who were seasoned teachers, some of whom were drawing a paycheck, and many of whom earned more than their paycheck, every day.
    Having been in business for 34 years, I have also witnessed people who did work on merit pay systems and not one workplace that I have witnessed exceeded the school in which I taught for effectiveness, fulfillment of objectives, or professionalism in job performance. As a former teacher, I found with much less work that I did in teaching, I was able to take my business to the top of the local market, dominating when I wanted to dominate, but mostly able to make my name the most sought after name in the industry locally.
    I am always amazed at the willingness of people to condemn schools when they themselves would fail miserably in that system, unable to fulfill even the basic requirements of being a teacher. Your post has some truth, but a lot more misleading conclusions that fulfills the first rule of logic; with a false assumption, you can prove anything.

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