And since I have waved the white flag as a blogger I will simply let other people express my opinions.  This gentleman does so solidly in reply to Nicholas Kristof’s union bashing post:

Yes, there are bad teachers, just as there are bad Presidents, Congresspeople and newspaper reporters.

Bad teachers should not be teaching. Period. I am a teacher and a member of the United Federation of Teachers and I do not want to work with bad teachers. I just want to be sure that the definition of a bad teacher and designation of a person as being a bad teacher is done on a fair and consistent basis,

Are we going to define a bad teacher as someone whose students don’t do well on standardized tests? If that’s the criteria, how are we going to find all the bad art, music or gym teachers? Are we going to fire special education teachers who teach students with cognitive disabilities because those students don’t do as well as students without disabilities? If so, how are we going to replace them?

Shouldn’t we also fire the principals who hire those bad teachers? How about cutting off funds to the colleges that turn them out with teaching degrees? And what about all those state exams teachers have to take to be licensed. I had to take five. Shouldn’t they be able to screen out the bad teachers? If not, why did I have to take them?

Sure, we have to start somewhere, and teachers and teacher unions are an easy target. But blaming teacher unions for the education problems that exist is like blaming the auto workers union for Chrysler going broke.

— Deven Black

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