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What others say: How to fire teachers

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  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    Aug. 10, 2012 11:50 a.m.

    What is it about "firing" teachers that is so appealing to conservatives? Why does all job action have to be punitive? What we took an ineffective teacher and gave them a mentor, some additional training, and tried to help them become an effective teacher?

    Being married to a mentor-teacher in a local school district, I can attest to the value of a good mentor. My wife has helped save the jobs of several teachers by helping them become good teachers.

    Also, a system is in place to fire bad teacher (at least in Jordan School District). If leaders are too weak to follow through on the process, which isn't that difficult, then why is that the fault of the teacher? A good leader leads!

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Aug. 10, 2012 9:47 a.m.

    I think Utah teachers are doing a fine job. Especially given the horrible priority our leaders have given education with our last in per-pupil spending.

    Instead of constantly ripping them, why not talk about incentives and rewards for the good ones? Instead of running articles on how some states punish teachers, why not run an article on how some states reward teachers?

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Aug. 10, 2012 7:36 a.m.

    This sounds good to this old retired teacher.