Response to Tom Hoffman's "Peter Greene on Tenure"

Response to "The threat of firing is the great 'Do this or else...'" in Tom Hoffman's Peter Greene on Tenure:

On the whole I find that teachers take on too much accountability and the administration too little. To some degree this is self imposed. I don't know of any other profession that has such a shallow managerial hierarchy. The whole point of a manager is to make this kind of crap go away -- if not in actuality then at least from visibility. Tenure is not the solution and, understandably, sets up teachers for further criticism as being detached from appropriate accountability and economics of their employment. Teaching needs to add management and remove tenure.

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Tom Hoffman said...

Tenure *is* the solution insofar as it means due process. If you think of it as "a guarantee of lifetime employment," then it is a problem, but that's not what it is.

Certainly good administrators are good at deflecting this kind of crap, but not all are, not to mention that it might be coming from school board members, or their friends, or the administrators themselves. Particularly in a small town, there's just no firm boundary.