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* Teachers can't be the most important factor and the most slothfully incompetent at the same time
|Posted By: Dick Schutz on August 5, 2014|
|It seems to me that D'Amico gets it about right. The attack on tenure is a thinly disguised attack on teacher unions. But unions have used teachers as "human shields" to bear the brunt of the attack rather than standing up for union rights. |
Unions collectively and teachers individually, by and large, have welcomed recognition as the "most important factor in student learning. But anyone who thinks that a teacher is more important than Arne Duncan and Bill Gates (to name two individuals), might well take another think. And anyone who thinks that the government or corporate sectors has more slothful incompetents than the school sector might well take a closer look.
Kids and teachers at the low end of the ed-chain are its strongest element--the weakness is at the top, where there is no need for any concern about tenure. Parents give schools the best kids they have, and colleges and universities give us the best teachers they can. With few clinical exceptions, both kids and teachers are sufficiently qualified to do school work. The shortage of "problem solving" and "critical thinking" is elsewhere.