You know, of all the things on which to focus when it comes to education, the demented emphasis on teaching hiring and firing, on tenure and evaluation, is gobsmackingly perverse. I got ahold of some briefing documents from Students First discussing education policy reforms in Michigan and Ohio.
From my perspective, this is all about establishing a private, corporate structure within public education, kind of letting it rot from the inside out. The concept of tenure, which I don’t think people outside of education really understand, is unique to K-12 and higher education. The private sector, as long as you don’t overtly discriminate, can hire, fire, and downsize however they feel. People fought hard for some protections against impetuous decision-making, especially since an experienced educator is a huge investment for a school system.
My head nearly explodes sometimes when I get together with colleagues and think about all the ways we could improve our preparation of teachers. I can only imagine if I was at the epicenter of the education reform debate.
All those smart, competent people, and this is what they do with their time. I just don’t get it. Actually, when I think of education policy, all I can envision are those awful pant suits recent college graduates wear, with the pants drooping over some kind of pump. Yeah, pant suits.