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October 3rd, 2010

A -very- brief statement on tenure

Tenure is not a job guarantee, it is a guarantee of due process. In a field where there is so much at stake, where parents' and students' hopes and fears and expectations are so highly engaged, tenure is an essential protection against the almost daily scapegoating faculty at all levels face.

And unions do not decide who does and doesn't get tenure--administrators, and ultimately Boards of Education and Boards of Trustees, do.

Could it stand some tightening? Sure. But then teachers could also use more support in training, resources, and reinforcement from both school administrations and the custodial adults of the students of the principles in the curriculum, in terms of both contents and processes and in terms of behavior and the social contract.

Tenure is the latest scapegoat. Scapegoats are the device used by individuals and societies that aren't willing to accept responsibility for the problems they face.

Okay. Climbing down off my soapbox now.

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It's that time again

On October 17 I will be doing our local Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walkathon. If you would like to help, here is my pledge page.

Thanks!

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