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Gabe Licht

Is Matt Damon right about teacher tenure?

Posted Wednesday, August 3, 2011, at 11:07 AM
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  • I've been getting a lot of feedback about this topic on my facebook page. In hopes of sparking the conversation here, I'll share some of the comments:

    "I find that in the tenure process teachers show their stuff! However, in my experience, teachers that become tenure have become lazy and focus on their studies more than their students. The tenure process I think is good in terms of stability and job security, but it should be challenged every so often so students' education isn't at risk. Our job as teachers is to teach with passion, fervor, and with every fiber of their being."-Travis Zinnel

    My friend Rusty Russell pointed out that teachers don't get to pick their students and only has them for one year at a time. Therefore, they should not be judged strictly on test scores. However, he believes, "Doing your job well for a few years should not result in job security for the rest of your career." He also talked about the fear of losing one's job as motivation.

    Teacher Lisa Farmer said teacher competition can be a bad thing. "That doesn't make a school full of qualified teachers a team. Instead it leads to resentment and a building full of people who come to work to try to outperform everyone else instead of a building of teachers who come to a school to work together for the benefit of the kids."

    "Fear of firing should should increase professional competition and harder work," Jason Gray said, adding an example. "My wife's principal just recently advocated a NEW grading program where a zero for not turning in homework was not very good for "morale." So he wants to make it all a 50/100 instead so their grades don't suffer so much. If you don't work, you get zero dollars not fifty."

    That's not everything that's been said, but I don't want to bombard the whole comment section with just what my friends have been saying. I'd like to know what y'all think!

    -- Posted by Gabe Licht on Thu, Aug 4, 2011, at 11:13 AM
  • The teachers I remember most are the ones that taught me life lessons and made me feel like they really cared about me. I dont remember any of the test scores, and barely any of the assignment scores.

    -- Posted by spencer lover on Thu, Aug 4, 2011, at 11:41 AM
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