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Should teachers make more or less money based on the performance of their students? If so, how would we objectively measure something as subjective as performance? Some would say that standardized test scores are the key metric to base teachers’ pay off of. But honestly, how can we live with the thought that academic achievement boils down to a pile of answers on a sheet of paper? Isn’t the entire goal of academics to open minds and spark creativity? Then why is the school system so overly obsessed with teaching for the test and frankly, for testing at all? What this accomplishes is nothing more than the closing of young minds and the construction of aptly-named learning disorders for a myraid of reasons.