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  •  I agree that teachers need to be protected and ... (6+ / 0-)

    I agree that teachers need to be protected and not attacked but certainly there are some bad teachers and plenty of underfunded teachers. There is not one profession that does not have their share of "bad apples". All professions have those who should not be there because we are all human after all and this not perfect.

    To suggest that education has a 100% rate of hiring the best is ludicrous. I have been a teacher or worked in education for almost two decades and have worked with bad teachers and a ton more great ones. You will never find a teacher anywhere who would say "there are no bad teachers" because it is a lie. Of course there are but that doesn't mean there are not ways of supporting them or helping them overcome or funding them appropriately or even getting them out of the system when it is so obvious they need to change professions. I have even met a tiny few that really just need to be out, period.

    With all that said, this decision is horrible and think we should be outraged!

    •  Bad Apples Are Fired (3+ / 0-)
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      This issue boils down to defenders of the status quo (thrown out in California) saying tenure only guarantees due process, which doesn't protect bad teachers from anything but an abusive process, and lets schools fire them without undue difficulty. And attackers of the status quo saying tenure protects bad teachers who can't be fired easily enough, going too far in its excessive protection of good teachers.

      Is tenure merely a guarantee of due process? Or is it a guarantee of bad teachers protected from being fired?

      "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

      by DocGonzo on Tue Jun 17, 2014 at 05:39:39 PM PDT

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