Sunday, November 02, 2014

The Heart Of Tenure

What Conservative Media Miss In Coverage Of Controversial Time Teacher Story | Blog | Media Matters for America:

...Education Opportunity Network Director Jeff Bryant also argued in Salon that rights like tenure and due process are important for "the really huge problem many schools have with teacher retention." Bryant cited a New York Daily News op-ed by the dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Law, Erwin Chemerinsky, in which Chemerinsky wrote, "Getting rid of tenure and due process will not encourage more teachers to stay in the profession. It will drive them out and discourage other qualified people from entering the profession in the first place."

Perhaps we could have a more substantive conversation about teaching, tenure, and due process if conservative media were at least willing to discuss what's at the heart of this controversy.
The issue for the conservatives is really their attraction to the plantation model in all aspects of human interaction. They love the king, the authority-- as long as they're one in charge or they can imagine being The Man. They don't like the freedom that due process in employment (tenure) represents.

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