What Do You Think of Tenure? [Poll]

It has been a fixture of teaching for more than a century. Is it essential or should the system be changed?

Last night, six clearly exceptional Plainview-Old Bethpage educators were granted tenure by the Board of Education.

School principals and department heads spoke of these educators’ achievements and contributions to the district. The list was remarkable.

But some people take issue with granting tenure, a concept that dates to the late 19th Century to protect academics from random firings and to preserve the principal of academic freedom.

Where do you stand?

Do you understand why the designation exists? Do you believe it's essential to academic rigor and progressive thinking?

Do you think tenure, in general, is granted too easily and is a license for a teacher to be less acountable?

Take our poll and sound off in the comments.

Dom May 09, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Schools run like corporations? If it didn't work for the economy why would it work for schools.
jim May 09, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Stop blaming teachers for all the Nations and Your financial problems! Complain about yourself who buy all those products made in other countries, the lawyers, Drs and plumbers -- they get exhorbitant fees and no one mentions them! I hear POB teachers are paid near the middle of the salary scale for all of LI, and they get screwed for what they pay for health insurance compared to other districts. I told people on my block to move of they don't like the taxes or what the schools produce...go see what other lower taxed districts offer for their students. PS....I'm not a teacher!
JOE May 10, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Jim First of all comparing Doctors to teachers? no good Secondly, comparing teachers to plumbers? Plumbers are in the construction industry. How high is the unemployment for plumbers ? alot higher than teachers. Getting back to the point. No one deserves a guarenteed job with tenure.The process to get rid of a bad teacher is stacked against the school. I believe in due process not tenure. You mention other districts. You forget to mention that their were give backs, salary freezes, and layoffs. There was none of that here. I am not looking for layoffs, but salary freezes would be a good start
Simba May 10, 2012 at 10:40 AM
Jim One big distinction here, if you do not like the job a plumber or DR or lawyer has done for you, you get another one, try that with a teacher. My kids are going through the system and for the most part, the teachers have been good to great, but when we have had a bad one, what could we do but gut it out for a whole year, is that fair to the kids, I think not. There is no correction for a teacher that doesn't do a good job. And Jim compare out SD with Jericho which has a tremendously lower tax base, about half of ours and see what they have accomplished every year.
Judy Palmor May 12, 2012 at 07:47 PM
I totally agree.There seems to be a higher percentage of teachers in the NYC public school system today who are considered to be exceedingly competent teachers but are finding themselves at the mercy of the administrator's whim or prejudices and are being harassed on a daily basis. Even the best of teachers cannot withstand such harassment without it having an effect on their classroom environment. Many dedicated teachers are finding themselves in such a hostile environment that they are being forced out earlier than they intended and that is the children's loss..As someone recently pointed out to me, the new teachers need the more senior teachers to show them the ropes as they lack experience in class management skills.. Why did Albert Shankar feel the need to create a tenure system? There was a reason.


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