Bad teachers provide an immense service to this country. You don’t see private industry firing bad workers. The best companies are the ones that have the most bad workers.
My friend Jack Schneider has written some thoughts on education reform in the wake of California’s Treu ruling in June, which held that California’s contract with teachers violates the state’s constitutional guarantee to an equitable education.
Explaining his ruling, Treu wrote that inequities in teaching quality, which disproportionately affect low-income and minority students, “shock the conscience.” And he's right. They do. Yet his ruling will do nothing to solve the problem.
Mr. Schneider is absolutely correct. Making it easier to fire child molesters won’t give us better teachers. These teachers care about their students. Why should we fire teachers who so clearly and physically care about their daily charges? One would think that the architects of such a nurturing environment would be encouraged rather than vilified. To the extent that firing these teachers results in hiring new teachers who care less about students, we will make the classroom a cold, colorless sanctuary of hate.
Even the less flamboyant of the so-called “bad” teachers, those who merely “fail to teach”, are far better at their calling than those society unfairly labels as “good teachers.” One need only look back at ones own past in the public school systems to see why: there is nothing more exhilarating than overcoming mediocre instruction and succeeding by one’s own merits. By forcing students to self-teach, these “bad” teachers perform the most useful service a teacher can provide: the self-empowerment that comes from succeeding on one’s own.
President’s iPod an oasis in crisis for the stress of a historic presidency, and the Middle East.
In the wake of renewed Al Qaeda activity following US failure to negotiate a status of forces agreement in Iraq, the White House sent its condolences to Iraqis on Wednesday.
The United States strongly condemns the recent attacks in Iraq by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). We offer our condolences to the families of those killed and underscore our commitment to assist the Iraqi people as they confront the threat that ISIL poses to Iraq and the region.
Mozilla founder Brendan Eich, whose 2008 campaign donation of $1,000 donation supporting California’s Proposition 8 ensured the illegal passage of the measure, has stepped down from his position as CEO this week.
According to Mozilla’s Executive Chairwoman Mitchell Baker, Eich “was not forced to resign by her or others on its board. He was, however, pressured to do so.” The pressure applied to Mr. Eich, according to Baker, “was not force. It was more of a light, gender-appropriate touching.”
Baker added that this was not meant in any way to denigrate non-gender-appropriate touching.
Mozilla’s board came out with a blog post further detailing their support for non-forceful freedom of speech: