- Chelsea Ursaner
- Purchase, NY
- United States
What do TEDsters think about New York's recently passed "parent trigger" for school reform?
The "parent trigger," enables parents who gather a majority vote to either fire the principal, fire 50% of the teachers, close the school or turn it into a charter school.
There are a lot of implications here. I think most people at TED were ready for some new and perhaps radical ideas to improve our school systems but is this a good way to do it? I know off the top of my head based on a mass firing at my high school while I was there, kids often have different ideas of good teachers versus bad teachers. Added on to this, it is often unclear who is 'right' if there is such a thing. I foresee situations where the students have a few favorite teachers who are relaxed and act as their friends and the parents vote to get rid of them - not good for the parent child relations at home. What other negative consequences could there be to this? Once we grasp a better understanding of these consequences, is it worth it?
I tend to hold the position that we ought to try new things and if they don't work then we can repeal them. There is no use waiting for the status quo to change on its own - by definition, it won't. Yet I have an instinctive hesistation towards this law and I cannot quite articulate why. I guess I like the feeling of being independent from the control of my parents even if that just means I am under the control of my school system. Does anyone share similar views?
In any case, does anyone expect other states to jump on this bandwagon?