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I am SO tired of the “bad teacher” arguments

April 11, 2013

Sure there are a few bad teachers – I’ve met some of them. But you know what? Every one of them was following district policies and practices. The reason they were ineffective is that they were permitted to be. If they were breaking the rules they would already be gone. Even the worst ones I met were good enough, had they been required to follow better practices.

There will always be a few bad teachers, but that is hardly the biggest problem facing the schools. How about getting rid of the bad policies and practices and replacing them with good ones?

  1. Coolspringer
    April 11, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Speaking of empowerment for teachers – especially of the kind that more clearly exposes ineffective teachers. Are you familiar with this series about Mission Hill, a teacher-run progressive school in Boston? Check it out, the series (still being released bit by bit) is fascinating: http://www.ayearatmissionhill.com/index.php

  2. Anida Teachum
    April 29, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    I’m not a teacher and yet I volunteer during the summer, teaching kids what the “professionals” couldn’t do in an entire school year. It’s disgusting that you know that slackers get protected by unions while students fall through the cracks by the bus loads. Then they have the nerve to ask for more money as a fix to the problem. We have the wealthiest school systems in the world and yet poverty stricken countries, that have very little funds, are producing many of America’s doctors and surgeons. I do not blame the child and I’m not saying the parent isn’t faultless but I feel that if you can’t do your job then step aside! The policy that’s needed is one that calls for an end to the protection of “squatter” teachers. In any other job if you can’t do it you are fired why should teaching be any different?

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