Is School really Benefiting Students or the Teachers? Problems of Tenure and the Impact it has on students.
To see how tenure affects student learning, look at Chicago. In a school district that has by any measure failed its students, only 28.5 percent of 11th graders met or exceeded expectations on that state’s standardized tests, Newsweek reported that only 0.1 percent of teachers were dismissed for performance-related reasons between 2005 and 2008. When barely one in four students nearing graduation can read and do math, how is it possible that only one in one thousand teachers is worthy of dismissal? As a student even I can see how something must be done, but have not noticed any action from the government to restrict tenure. If an agreement could be made with the teacher union to revise tenure to where it only protects teachers that are within 10 years of retirement. This allows for the school to fire bad teachers and replace them with someone who actually wants to teach. I also wonder why in society the news only focuses on teachers if there is a sexual harassment case with a student. As a student, I don't understand how this is the only thing focused on about teachers. Teachers Union Exposed is a website devoted to publishing articles about the teachers union and giving facts on what the effects are of it today. They quoted how one New Jersey union representative was even blunter about the work his organization does to keep bad teachers in the classroom, saying: “I’ve gone in and defended teachers who shouldn’t even be pumping gas.” The reason this relates to bill gates "Teachers need real feedback", is the idea of teachers needing feedback is only one sided, meaning bill gates and school districts think teachers want feedback, while teachers actually do not care about feedback either because they are a bad teacher, or they do not need the feedback because they teach their students well and encourage students to speak up when they're confused and have questions, these are examples in a good teacher. So ask yourself, is school benefiting the Students or Teachers?