We are constantly told a story regarding pubic education. It’s a story magnified by what might just as well be the state media machine. It is a story of underfunding. It’s a story meant to convince you that you ought to ever agree to more and more confiscation of your resources; because if you don’t America will be doomed.
But Don’t worry, after every tax increase, every bond referendum, every federal government “investment”, and every bake sale, the same old story will be right there, kind of like a venereal disease for which there doesn’t seem to be a cure. No matter how much is spent I can promise you that it will never be enough because the whole thing is a racket. It has nothing to do with your children or education. It has everything to do with your wallet.
So we have this story that discusses a thing called teacher tenure.
The subtitle says it all:
I agonized as unionized staff defended a system that protected bad teachers but not children’s futures.
I’ll say it again… and again. The institution does not care about your children. The institution cares about the institution. Your children are there only to validate the institution’s existence.
So here’s the low-down:
At the time, most teachers attained tenure after three years in New York. In District 79, most teachers had attained tenure decades before I became superintendent. (Under California’s now-unconstitutional tenure law, teachers achieve tenure even more quickly: 18 months or less.) Annual performance evaluations are supposed to ensure ongoing quality among tenured teachers, but all too often the system fails. In New York 99% of teachers receive “effective” ratings while fewer than 40% of high-schoolers graduate college-ready. Union and management officials admit in private that the results of teacher evaluations have little to do with reality.
Even worse, teachers engaging in egregious conduct, like showing up late 40 times in a single year, physically assaulting a child, or falsifying records (actual examples), incurred no consequences—unless we spent over $100,000 and up to two years to revoke their tenure. Even then, a slow and broken arbitration system could order the teacher back into the classroom due to technicalities.
More shocking, if a teacher is merely incompetent and delivering mediocre lessons, the process is twice as long and costly, even though, as evidence in Vergara v. California established, the damage to students is equally as devastating.
But you can save your children from this racket. You can keep them home. You might show up late, but you’ll stay late as well. No government, NEA, unionized, tenured “teacher” is going to be able to do a fraction of what you will do for your children, at a hundred times the cost. Math and science are but a small portion of education. Teach your children honor by honoring them, by not sending them to an institution that hates honor.
Please click on this WSJ article. It really is a great article, and it helps them when you click over, and it honors those who provide such articles on the internet without cost.