Should Teachers Get Tenure?

by JOSE LEON

Staff Writer
The question that should be asked before being able to understand if teachers should have tenure or not, is what is tenure? Tenure is a policy that restricts the ability to fire teachers, requiring a just cause rationing for firing. Tenure provides protection to teachers by making it difficult to fire teachers who earn tenure. Now that we know that tenure is just a permanent spot set for a teacher or professor after an extended time that makes them just about impervious to getting fired, should teachers have it? Most would agree when it is said that teachers should not get tenure for the fact that the teacher can slack off and stop doing their job almost completely and not get let go for it, regardless how many teachers actually go ahead and slack off the moment tenure is given to them. Tenure should not be given to teachers for the fact that it will help promote them to stay doing the better jobs that they are doing at the moment, instead of giving them a reason to stop with something like tenure. The absence of tenure would also help boost our educational system by pressuring teachers to come up with new and improved ways to teach and help students in the long run, so the teachers can keep their jobs as teachers. Another thing we can do in replacement of tenure is by getting raises for staying with the school district for a prolonged time so that for obvious reasons to help promote the teachers to stay at their best. There are so many things that can be done for a positive influence on teachers instead of tenure, so should tenure really be necessary?      

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