Which is pretty funny when you remember this:
I don't control which ads come up, so maybe they can't control where their ads are placed. It's still pretty funny to me that they can place an ad on a blog Derrell Bradford has banned even mentioning on his Facebook page. Whatever...
Let's talk about the ad. "Make tenure a reward, not a guaranteed job for life."
The second phrase is wrong on several levels. 40% of new teachers in New Jersey do not earn tenure, and somewhere approaching 50% of all teachers drop out after five years; hardly a "guaranteed job for life." Further, we know many tenured teachers are counseled out when they receive poor performance reviews, and the firing rate for teachers compares favorably to other professions.
And - even though I've asked for it over and over again - no one has demonstrated that there are large numbers of "bad" teachers holding down student achievement. The fact that both high-performing and low-performing schools have teachers with tenure confirms that it is very likely not the culprit in schools where students do not perform as well.
But it's the first phrase that really gets me: B4K thinks tenure is a "reward." Like stock options, I guess, or a set of steak knives.
Tenure is not a reward to teachers; tenure is a protection for both teachers and taxpayers. It gives teachers the freedom to say things that administrators or even parents may find uncomfortable. It protects teachers from political interference in curricular decisions; I shudder to think what we would be teaching about evolution today without tenure. It allows teachers the ability to exercise their civil rights free from the worry of politically motivated retribution.
And it keeps every New Jersey school from becoming Joe DiVincenzo Elementary. Given our state's history, I find it amazing that anyone from New Jersey can't see the potential for an explosion in cronyism if tenure is removed (which is basically what the Ruiz bill does). If you think property taxes are bad now, wait until the schools are filled with political hacks.
I find it very telling that B4K thinks tenure is a "reward." Political bosses rule by doling out "rewards" to loyalists. Is that who will get tenure if the Ruiz bill passes - teachers who play the game and toe the line?
We've already seen what a politicized school board looks like in Elizabeth, and we've seen the results. Is this really what we want for the entire state?