Your Voice: Ineffective teachers don’t need protection
by Scott Hurban, Tracy
Mar 15, 2013 | 3455 views | 11 11 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
EDITOR,

Teacher income is determined by their level of education and years on the job. There is no consideration for success in the classroom.

As an English literacy coach, it is my job to assist teachers in improving their instruction in the classroom. Since there are only two coaches for all of my school, I have helped teachers in all core subjects and electives.

I have found teachers to fall into these categories: teachers who are highly motivated and effective, teachers who work very hard and are not effective, and teachers who pretend to work hard and are not effective.

Your kids, most teachers and their counselors know what category the teachers fall in. Normally, the ineffective and not motivated teachers do not know of their failings. Such is the power of self-delusion.

The school I work at is going through cutbacks due to a reduction in federal funding. What this means is that a large number of highly motivated and effective new teachers I have worked with will be gone.

It also means that teachers who are ineffective will remain. This causes an overall degradation of student instruction.

Until public education does away with tenure and a system that emphasizes seniority over competency, schools will never be as effective as they should be in teaching kids. Thousands of students will suffer.

Teacher unions fear that the elimination of tenure will reduce their power to effectively protect teachers. It will reduce their power to protect ineffective teachers.

At one point, I worked as a manager in a union shop run by the Teamsters. They did a good job of protecting their union members from unfair termination. They did not, however, prevent the removal of bad employees who deserved termination.

We must all work to eliminate tenure for our kids’ sake.
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Citizensheep
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March 21, 2013
"The school I work at..." What do you teach, again? shudder!
108MW
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March 29, 2013
Don"t end a sentence with a preposition at. hahaha
behonestguys
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March 17, 2013
Unions were a good thing at one time, especially during the first half of the 20th century,when there were no laws governing: (1) working conditions, (2)minimum wages,(3)the exploitation of child workers,(4) workers compensation insurance, etc. Now, there are state and federal laws on the books that address these types of areas. It seems that unions now are more interested in protecting their turf, i.e. the ability to continue to collect dues from its members so as to fund political activities and pay its top officials salaries and benefits that its members could only dream of. Time to stop thinking about what they can shove into their pockets and start thinking about what is good for the common welfare, such as a well educated citizenry.
victor_jm
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March 17, 2013
Tell us how many teachers will be gone, Mr. Hurban?

Mr. Hurban writes: "Your kids, most teachers and their counselors know what category the teachers fall in."

I am wary of the integrity of this assertion.
shelly13
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March 21, 2013
Many teachers who deserve to be gone will not be gone due to tenure. In turn many good teachers end up getting laid off. Yes, Scott is right. The staff, counselors and kids know who the good ones are and aren't. That is why I have tried to keep in contact with their counselor when it comes to choosing classes and voice my request for certain teachers for my kid. You can also try and request that your child not get a certain teacher. We are currently having issue now with a couple teachers. One even said she does not have the time to actually teach. She can't explain anything about what they are learning? What? She just gives them work to do. Thats it.
victor_jm
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March 21, 2013
Shelly13,

You assert the inability of a teacher to teach because of "time." Can you provide the readers with any specifics as to why this may be true?

Also, you assert this same teacher is unable to "explain" the content of her subject. Really?

I'm not here to defend incompetent teachers, because I am more concerned with derelict parents. Remember, roughly 50% of all children in our public schools receive either free lunches or lunches at a reduced cost to them. These same children are permitted to squander money on non-essentials because ineffective parents use sundry entitlements to support other pathologies for themselves and their children.

The parent psychology goes something like this: If I can take advantage of half-a-dozen entitlement programs, I can own 4 dogs, subscribe to television, add another cell phone to the family account, have my next child attend HeadStart, and use my W.I.C. credits at SaveMart.

victor_jm
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March 17, 2013
Well, now we know there aren't just ineffective parents and politicians in the world, but "ineffective teachers," as well.

backinblack
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March 16, 2013
"Any moron can carry a gun or a hose but to teach a child that takes education and money."

Um, no offense to the good teachers of the world but going by all indicators the current generation overall isn't very bright and part of the blame goes to teachers who aren't exactly the brightest bulbs in the drawer. For one, how do you explain the pathetic average college level civic exam scores? What about all the poor spelling & grammar? Unless you are blind the evidence is all around you.

Nice way to insult the people who put their lives on the line for the rest of us. I actually agree about run amok pensions but calling police & firefighters morons is well, moronic.

You seem to have some of the same anger issues as debbdaves & doorsc, you might want to write an apology. If not, hopefully if your proprty or life is ever in danger the police or firefighters you obviously despise will fail to get to you in time.
backinblack
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March 15, 2013
Spot on. Unions served a good purpose at one time but now they run amok and it 's time for them to go the way of the dinosaurs.
midwestgirl
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March 16, 2013
Yet we hear nothing about the Police or firemen's Unions costing us millions for them to sit on their behinds from the time they are 55 years old until they die off along with their 75-100% retirements

Any moron can carry a gun or a hose but to teach a child that takes education and money.
bobrod
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March 21, 2013
midwestgirl-Retired Police and Fire pay for their pentions while they are solving the public's problems, like putting out your house while it's on FIRE, or chasing a criminal who just robbed a BANK, or sitting with your child in an emergency room because they were just ASSAULTED. They retire early because they EARN it, and it comes out of their monthly PAYCHECK.Now that the UNGREATFUL public has raised such a fuss, they are not even offered a decent pention, so how are these agencies even going to get anyone to do these jobs anymore? No one in their right mind would take a job like that because it isnt worth it ANYMORE. Since you are such an expert, why dont YOU apply for one of the many new openings in public service? You deal with death and tragic events on a daily basis and lets see how you do. The Stockton Police have some openings rite now, so in a very short time YOU can start doing a better job than the people you say are sitting on their buttz. Most of them dont last past 60. Lets see how you do after 20 or 30 years!


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