Why Fire Teachers?

(Blog Post) I think there are some jobs that are too important to let any consideration intrude other than the best way to get the job done. Nuclear power plants, firefighters, poison control--I don't want to let other social goals, no matter how laudable, hamper their mission. Teaching is one of those jobs. Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Jon Mitchell - Mar 8, 2011 - 10:33 AM PST
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Bob Herrschaft
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by Bob Herrschaft - Mar. 8, 2011

...once again the focus is on teachers...bad teachers and how to get rid of them. Of course, that's what the article is about, but the two other major influences on a child's education are largely ignored here...parents and school administrators. Yes there are bad teachers, but good teachers need support and here, that very important issue is dismissed.

In recent years I have taken up subbing in our local middle and high school. As anyone who has done the job knows, subbing can be largely babysitting if an effective lesson plan is not followed or if there is no seat chart available to actively communicate(beginning with discipline). As an occasional long term sub i could better assess the problems of the teacher as well as the rewards of inter action as you get to know the various personalities of the pupils. Class time is limited ... More »

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Patricia L'Herrou
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by Patricia L'Herrou - Mar. 8, 2011

the author has some thoughtful and insightful points to make about how to improve the education of, particularly, the children who are most at risk, with a focus on those in the earliest years of school. her points are primarily about changing the rules for teachers, and the trade-off she suggests is a rate of pay that would be an incentive for recruiting those with the most potential for being the best teachers. she also points out that her suggestions won't make things necessarily a whole lot better, but somewhat, which she sees as vital.

my husband switched jobs from being an engineer to becoming a teacher, now for many years. i disagree with some of the writer's statements about teachers and about their unions.( none in our state), but agree with a number of her suggested fixes.. however, what i most agree with her on, is that without the higher pay and status, which i see as unlikely to happen in any foreseeable future, changing the rules for teachers (hiring, firing, etc.) would likely result in a worse ... More »

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Alexandria Rainey
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by Alexandria Rainey - Apr. 8, 2013

This story is good journalism, however it is a blog of someone's opinion so I don't really trust the publication. His thoughts about teachers being fired was very insightful. I feel that a teacher is a very important job to have, because they basically raise our children. Teachers spend more time with children than parents and they are responsible for teaching them the mysteries of the world. I agree that teachers should not be fired.

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