Let’s re-evaluate teacher tenure

Dear Editor,
Teaching is truly an art! I don’t believe a teacher should get
tenure until they have mastered the art of teaching.
I think in general it would be safe to say that in a couple of
years a new teacher can master the art of teaching a class of 20
active/inquisitive and, yes, sometimes unruly little people, but
for some it may take much much longer.
Dear Editor,

Teaching is truly an art! I don’t believe a teacher should get tenure until they have mastered the art of teaching.

I think in general it would be safe to say that in a couple of years a new teacher can master the art of teaching a class of 20 active/inquisitive and, yes, sometimes unruly little people, but for some it may take much much longer. And some just don’t have the patience, creativity, and personality to handle the job effectively, while others may just be really talented in working with children and can demonstrate skill in managing a class and teaching in just one year.

It is therefore my opinion that tenure should be based on demonstrated performance. In the child care industry a teacher in a preschool/family child care home that wants to become accredited must not only complete the required coursework but must have their teaching observed and evaluated by parents and someone from the accreditation organization.

The teacher should be able to demonstrate that they can provide an environment conducive to the learning process as well as one that is physically and emotionally safe. I am shocked at things I have both seen and heard regarding tenured and untenured teachers alike.

I feel that the accreditation process should be revamped to evaluate teachers on their demonstrated ability to effectively teach a class of the size they are normally and regularly responsible for on a regular school day.

This should be done before they receive tenure and tenured teachers should be subject to periodic reevaluations to determine whether they continue to be able to teach effectively.

Rachel Oberstadt, Gilroy

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