Tenure In Education

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American schools are failing to provide their children with an excellent education. The problem begins with the teacher union that fights to protect the jobs of all teachers. In this process, the union is also protecting the jobs of poor performing teachers. Tenure is a law that provides job security, despite of job performance. It can allow lazy teachers to remain in the classroom year after year. Teachers receive tenure after teaching for a certain amount of time. The time, however, varies from state to state. In the beginning, tenure was created to be beneficial to both the education of children and the careers of excellent teachers. Tenure prevented the effect of outside influences, such as politics, to determine who remained in the classroom. …show more content…
Some of those teachers may have had years of experienced teaching, but no longer had the passion and love of their profession. The more experienced teachers may be simply waiting around for retirement age and not focused on the education they are supposed to be providing for their students. Other inadequate teachers may have been inexperienced as well as uneducated in the subject that was required for them to teach. Tenure can cause these teachers to become too comfortable with their position, thus causing them to become laze after some time. The article “Teachers like Tenure but Admit Its Flaws” written by George A. Clowes states that teachers with tenure teach less challenging material than teachers without tenure. The article also states that inexperienced teachers get the most challenging students to teach. In relation to “Teachers like Tenure but Admit Its Flaw” Wanda Marie Thibodeaux from Ehow also implies that teacher tenure can cause teachers to become less motivated with their jobs, for the teachers know that it is very unlikely they will lose their jobs. This shows, as a whole, how tenure can have a negative effect on teachers as …show more content…
Teachers with tenure lack the fear of losing their jobs, knowing that it would be an expensive and difficult process to be fired. This can cause some teachers to become unmotivated and lazy. A lack of motivated teachers will result in unmotivated students. Educational achievements and improvements of students in every school district have and will continue to decline as a direct negative result of the teacher tenure. In conclusion, tenure should not be removed, but improved. A teacher should not be guaranteed a job, the teachers should have to continuously work for a secured job for the rest of their career. A teacher’s performance as well their student’s improvement should be able to be accessed by the public to be reviewed before a teacher could even qualify for tenure. As a whole, teacher tenure has many negative effects, but if the school district as well as the teachers union alike work together, it is something that can be

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