Some insist that tenure’s the way expert faculty ensure free speech without fear of losing jobs. Others protest that tenure keeps ineffective people and blocks brainpower for new initiatives. With more campuses being sued, and relevancy questioned it may be time to take another look and what learners expect and what classes offer.
Today, for instance NPR showcased John Liechty Middle School in LA just lost all new teachers because of the budget crunch. Then older, tenured faculty and administrators, who likely will not invest in the new directions, but who were displaced from other schools, filled in spots at John Liechty.
The principal expressed devastation at the school’s loss, while people who support tenure, see this move as fair. Listen to NPR’s story where devasted principal lamented the loss, “I don’t know if I’ll ever see another group of educators that are so passionate and committed to the work that they are doing.”
What do you think?
Does tenure work, or does its job security tend to block learning and assessment innovation?
Pillars of pedagogy or props for privation?
See articles below on learner brainpower, renewal, as they impact tenure issues at secondary and university:
1. No Brain Left Behind
18. Engage Voices on the Other Side