Blog response #5

http://teaching.mrbelshaw.co.uk/

"Question Time # 11"

By: Doug Belshaw

Doug Belshaw writes:

"Prompted by this BBC article which says, basically, that bad teachers should be sacked after being given a reasonable time to improve (and the fact that I myself have a temporary contract at my current school), the question this time around is: Should teachers be given, in effect, ‘immediate tenure'?"

From what I understand of tenure, giving immediate tenure would be a very bad idea. It seems that it is difficult enough to weed out ineffective teachers in the few years before they are given tenure. To give immediate tenure would make it very difficult to get rid of those who are found out before they get tenure. Furthermore, tenure is not and should not be a right. It is very much a privilege that should be earned. While the few years before tenure do involve being exposed to the bureaucracy and social quibbling that occurs in schools, this is a very small price to pay when it results in virtually guaranteed job security.

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