I applaud the efforts of these people to tear down the antiquated and entirely
unjustified system of teacher tenure. There is no reason why the profession of
teaching should be any more insulated and protected from the same market forces
that govern every other profession.One need only look at the
miserable results found in many school systems to realize such special treatment
of teachers has NOT been good for the students.
I put 3 boys through public schools in California and by and large the teachers
were excellent. The exceptions on the other hand were horrifying and there was
really nothing that could be done to get them out of teaching. The so called
Unions are the major problem and with any luck this lawsuit will help eliminate
them and teachers who belong in another field.
Poor teachers should be fired. I taught in the Davis School District and met
only handful of teachers I felt should be let go. The problem is that if a
teacher has taught for many years, to fire them is just cruel, because this is
their life and they have few other skills. They should have been let go earlier
in their career. I believe that intervention should be used first, before
dismissing a teacher. The Real Maverick is right. The schools need more
resources. Part of the reason I retired was the fact that so much was required
of me that I was exhausted by the end of the week. In Davis School District, you
can be fired anytime during the first three years for any reason. Teachers do
need some protection, but it must be reasonable.
""The unions argue that the rules protecting teachers are needed for
school districts to attract and retain good teachers and to ensure that
employees are not fired for arbitrary or unfair reasons," Pew's
Stateline newsletter reported. "They say the real issues holding back
student achievement are inadequate resources, large class sizes and lack of
parental involvement.""Anyone who has worked in our
classrooms knows this is 100 percent true.What's holding us
back aren't these darn teachers! It's the lack of resources. It's
the huge class sizes.Here in America, we prefer to waste money on
bank bailouts and wars rather than education. Bring class sizes down to 15-20
students and pay teachers like they do in Finland, get rid of the endless
standardized tests, and you'll be amazed at the results.
Education is a basic right. If School districts are denying children their
basic civil rights by placing them in classrooms with known incompetent teachers
than the districts should and must pay for remediation and/or punitive damages.
The effects of a crappy teacher can have huge financial implications on a
child's lifetime earning potential, especially if that teacher comes later
in a child's education.Good luck on the case. It is perhaps
the most important one ever to be argued in the state of California regarding
This article makes it appear that students are suing the state, but in reality
it is an organization headed by an adult that is suing the state. I agree that
eighteen months is too soon for teacher tenure, but teachers do need some
protections from some of the wacky types of people in the general public,
otherwise, every teacher would end up being fired for something within about ten
years and when a teacher gets fired, it stays on their permanent record and they
can't ever get another job despite spending 4-6 years investing in college
for that profession. For instance, I know a parent that tried to get an English
teacher fired for teaching reading to her child. She was upset because her
child didn't like to read and this parent believed that kids shouldn't
be reading in a Junior High English class. If this teacher didn't have
some sort of protection and could be fired at will, it would have been awful.
Teachers need to be accountable, this is good. You should have a job if you can
do that job and two years is plenty of time to learn and to become comfortable
in it. California teachers are paid plenty and the state throws lots of money
at education so once again a Union does not want to be accountable for the
actions of its members, the Union just wants to protect itself.