February 18, 2012
Should They Stay or Should They Go? – The Dilemma of Teacher Management
When hiring a teacher, a school might select what seems like the paragon of educators, but such a blessing just might be a burden in disguise. One of the problems festering at the root of our educational system is that of poor teachers. After all, how well can one expect students to perform if all they have to work with is a lethargic, uncaring mentor. Selecting teachers that truly love what they do and have the student’s well-being in mind can be tough, and shifting out the good from the bad can be a complicated process with several obstacles that hide unforeseen flaws. One of the many roadblocks in the progression of sorting out effective teachers from poor teachers is the issue of tenure. Tenure is described in great detail in the 2010 documentary film, “Waiting for Superman”. The film explains that the concept of tenure was originally put together at the turn of the century within systems of higher education such as universities. Tenure was intended to protect professors from being fired for reasons relating to their political views. It guaranteed the instructor a paid position for life. No matter what. However, in the modern systems of education, tenure has warped itself into a corrupted, loophole-worming shadow of it’s original purpose; in high school systems especially. Unfortunately, the common attitude harbored by tenured instructors is that once they attain their tenure, they no longer need to put the same amount of care, drive, and quality behind their teaching. They are free to coast by with the bare minimum without penalty. After all, they cannot be fired once the tenure is granted. In high schools this is especially harmful. The examples shown in the film were granted tenure merely by teaching at the school for three years. Once the adequate amount of time has passed, the teachers were guaranteed...
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