Teachers under attack! Trying to get rid of bad teachers.

Please nominate all bad teachers!Tenure is an interesting thing, it pretty much means you can’t be fired, unless you’re convicted of a crime, and then only sometimes. 

Speaking personally, so you know where I’m coming from on the tenure thing, a teacher and her husband in my high school were arrested for their part in a cocaine smuggling ring.  After a year in jail, the husband turned state’s evidence in exchange for charges being dropped against her.  The next school year she was out of jail and back teaching French thanks to her tenure. 

Well, Rick Berman (linking his Wikipedia page here so no one can claim we don’t know the “evil” he’s tried to do by imposing freedom), one of the most hated people in the world of “regressives,” er, progressives, has come up with a plan to expose bad teachers who live safely behind the bars of tenure: offer them money to quit.

An offer of $10,000 cash to the 10 worst (only 10?  tough to narrow them down) will be made IF they resign, hopefully to be replaced by competent replacements.  Needless to say, the teacher’s unions aren’t very happy about this.

They don’t like stories about bad teachers, undoubtedly because stories about them cause thoughts like, “Why don’t they just fire them?” and that leads to the realization by the person thinking that thought that they can’t be fired.  Having something or someone that isn’t any good forced down people’s throats leaves a bad taste in most people’s mouths, and unions don’t like bad press.  There’s a reason unions are becoming irrelevant – they can’t adapt to changing times.

Of Berman’s plan, the President of the American Federation of Teachers, Edward McElroy said, well, not much.  Being a good leftist, he attacked the messenger, saying of Berman that he “lobbied against the Americans with Disabilities Act, against checkpoints to catch drunken drivers and against increasing the minimum wage.”  Way to avoid the point, Eddie.

McElroy went on to complain that Berman “is coming after teachers at a time when most Americans support education and want to make improving education a top national priority.”

Yes, education is a national priority…because it’s been SO BAD for SO LONG!  Thanks, in large part, to teacher’s unions unwillingness to rid schools of teachers who are there only for a paycheck or those who simply can’t do the job well.  Oops!

Berman has started a website where people can nominate bad teachers to make the top 10, and hopefully take the cash and run. 

We support what Berman is attempting to do.  If money were the biggest problem in education, as the unions always complain that it is, schools in Washington, DC would be the best in the nation because they spend more there per pupil than any other district in the country.  As you know, they are not.


3 Responses to “Teachers under attack! Trying to get rid of bad teachers.”

  1. 1 Dee
    February 12, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    There are not as many bad teachers as you’d think. Your bad experience does not necessarily mean the teacher was bad.

    People love to bash others when they fail to recognize a failure in themselves. Maybe you just don’t have the talent in the subject (not everyone is a math or science wizard). It has been recognized that people do have natural giftings in certain areas.

    But no. Let’s say the teacher was crap because it is much easier than saying the following:

    1 don’t have the talent and all I got was a lousy C
    2 never studied
    3 had a bad attitude
    4 fell out with the teacher and stopped trying
    5 got frustrated and stopped trying
    6 just didn’t get along with the teacher’s personality and so stopped trying

    In all my years in Educational Studies, I have only seen a handful of teachers who could not communicate their subject. Teachers must be–and usually are–good communicators. But it is easier to create a blame culture than accept responsibility or try and change things.

    • 2 angrywoodchuck
      February 24, 2010 at 1:33 pm


      I think the overall message of firstfriday’s post is that Teacher Unions are, and have been, a problem. I don’t see you addressing that in your reply. I would say from reading your reply that if you think, “there are not as many bad teachers as you’d think” then you would be in 100% agreement that teachers should be paid and recognized based on performance and that poor performing teachers should be evaluated and possibly fired? Since there “are not as many bad teachers as you’d think” then those good teachers won’t mind being evaluated on performance, correct?

      Unfortunately, that would require an end to the Teachers Union…but good teachers wouldn’t mind that at all, right?

  2. January 17, 2010 at 8:46 am


    1 don’t have the talent and all I got was a lousy C
    2 never studied
    3 had a bad attitude
    4 fell out with the teacher and stopped trying
    5 got frustrated and stopped trying
    6 just didn’t get along with the teacher’s personality and so stopped trying


    1) A good teacher can teach a person with little to no talent. Unless, of course, the teacher has no talent in teaching.

    2) An hour of class a day should be sufficient for any student to get a B at least, if the teacher spends the class time wisely.

    3) Where in the bible does it say students must have good attitudes? Most students have bad attitudes when the teacher has failed to gain their trust, respect, and interest. It takes WORK and constant maintenance to cultivate the right attitude in a student.

    4) Why would a student “fall out” with a teacher? Why would a responsible, mature adult charged with TEACHING a younger, less experienced student have a “falling out” with said student…unless the teacher is not so responsible, mature, or adult?

    5) A teacher’s job is to teach a student how to manage frustration and reach a satisfactory outcome.

    6)It is not the student’s job to get along with the teacher’s personality. It is the teacher’s job to reach the student, regardless of personality.

    Obviously, Dee has only seen a handful of “bad teachers” or “bad communicators” because she herself isn’t a first-rate teacher or communicator. Tee-riffic, Dee, thanks for proving the point.

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