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Do you think tenure for teachers/professors should be based on performance and feedback?


Does tenure sometimes lead to poor performance without consequences for the instructor, particularly at the college level? For example my college allows retired teachers with tenure to return and teach whenever they want (even the less than stellar instructors) which sometimes doesn't make room for newer instructors who may be more proficient. Experience doesn't always mean "better quality"..What are your thoughts?

 

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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 5 years ago

    I tend to agree. Teachers do deserve respect yes - but in no other field do you find tenure. There are no tenured nurses, doctors, etc. If they screw up they lose their license or get fired. It seems to me tenure provides too much protection for l

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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 5 years ago

    Thank you. I completely agree and I totally respect and commend teachers for what they have to endure. I know it's an often thankless job, however this is one system that I don't see applied anywhere else and I think the system is broken.

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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 5 years ago

    I understand teaching can be a thankless job and I do appreciate the importance of good teachers. There are many jobs where people who work hard are not appreciated enough. When is the last time you saw a tenured nurse? Tenure was meant to protect

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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 5 years ago

    I agree to a point. I think tenure should be based on continued performance if we were to keep it in place. I don't think tenure in and of itself makes people lazy - educators who are passionate about teaching will be regardless of tenure. I do be

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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 5 years ago

    I understand what you're saying, but in no other field is it as hard to fire someone who does not do their job well. Teaching is so important that I don't think anyone "should have to suffer". No one is perfect, but everyone in a position of this i