The California judge really over-reacted. Some states have given in too much to
teachers' unions. It might really be too hard to fire bad teachers in some
states (but certainly not in Utah). If the judge was right about the children
suffering he could have just changed the balance during contract negotiations so
teachers don't have excessive due process like they do in some districts in
New York. To deny any tenure at all is just ridiculous. If teachers were
allowed to pick their assignments based on seniority, then more pay should be
required to attract better teachers to poor neighborhoods.If you
want to help poor children, support their teachers. Quit attacking them.
In my experience, I have found very few bad teachers. Most are
there doing a good job of teaching.Firing should occur further up
No but treating teachers like garbage, paying them like garbage, and then
expecting them to provide other worldly experiences for your kids does make it
harder to attract good teachers. This is a very simple equation - if you want to
attract great people into teaching make the pay worth the effort.
The main problem is not the teachers. Teachers today are far better qualified
and motivated to perform than they have been over the past 50 years. The
problem belongs at home. Broken families, depressed students, video game
addictions, drug addictions, entitlement attitudes, bullying, and a sexual
atmosphere on overdrive reins supreme in most schools today. Fewer and fewer
students are motivated and few take responsibility for failure let alone are
willing to change attitude and learning behaviors or lack thereof..many simply
do not care as evidenced by not keeping up with bringing the pencil back to
class given them the day previous...When Johnny doesn't learn all fingers
point to the poor teachers who are on the front lines doing their best everyday.
Great teachers are treasures, and good teachers are, well, good.Bad
teachers are a cancer that must be eliminated.Looking for solutions
to our education problems from an op-ed in the New York Times, written by e
Berkeley professor should only tell us what not to do. Their prescriptions for
education reform are what have destroyed once great systems and ended up in the
dire straits we are in today.
Seriously. It isn't like there is a long line of people waiting to be
belittled, treated like garbage, blamed for every problem in society, and told
they are lazy for only working 9 months out of the year. Who would
take that on?