I am watching, "Waiting on Superman" and I am completely appauled by the fact that public teachers who, "pretty much continue to breathe after two years" can get tenure. Whatever happened to working for your position??? I have to do it, why are teachers so privileged? Do they have a difficult job? Yes, but so do I. Doctors have a difficult job but can they lose thier jobs, yes. This has got to change. Maybe if we start holding our teachers to a higher standard kids will start holding themselves to a higher standard as well. I am all for the teachers union, but as we all know our education system is FAILING our children and if teachers are made to actually try to keep their position maybe we could do better by our students and actually see more kids moving towards college, instead of McDonald's. Although, I am all for tenure, if the teacher EARNS it by having higher than normal success rates or some kind of honorable mention. I do believe tenure was needed at a point in the past, but it was also very hard to get. Those reasons are now dealt with by the laws, if someone is discriminated against there are laws for that. Everyone wants to hold teachers up on some pedestal but really what we are looking at is a failing system because the teachers that are failing our students aren't being fired. If you are a great teacher, I don't see why you would have a problem with tenure being EARNED, you would have it. Anyone else have something to say about this or additional information please comment!!! We ranked last in math... come on!Answer Question
Answer by UpSheRises at 2:37 PM on Mar. 3, 2011
Answer by twinsplus2more at 2:44 PM on Mar. 3, 2011
lemme know how pissed you are after watching this
Answer by jewjewbee at 2:45 PM on Mar. 3, 2011
Answer by Anonymous at 2:49 PM on Mar. 3, 2011
Answer by metalhealthmom at 2:50 PM on Mar. 3, 2011
Answer by Anonymous at 2:51 PM on Mar. 3, 2011
Answer by lovinangels at 2:54 PM on Mar. 3, 2011
Bleh, stupid, slanted and corporate movie. It's a shame dingy Oprah and Bill Gates jumped behind it before they really knew how flawed it was. Starting with the Finnish school system that was put up as a shining example, which is by the way...unionized and offers tenure. Oversimplified pablum
The only good thing that came from this film is dialogue.
The films fails to discuss Bill Gates support and turnaround in his view of teacher unions. He sponsors a program called Teacher Turnaround that works with both districts and unions for changen public schools
In Tennessee, a teacher union if trying to get highly qualified teachers into low income areas.
There are no easy or shortcut answers and charter schools may be one avenue on a map full of streets
Answer by adnilm at 3:30 PM on Mar. 3, 2011
Answer by LoriKeet at 3:48 PM on Mar. 3, 2011