This Could Be Controversial Only In A Government Or Union Environment

Governor Chris Christie on teachers:

Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday unveiled a tough-love reform package that will make classroom achievement — not seniority or tenure — the basis for pay hikes and career advancement in Garden State public schools.

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Unqualified teachers will feel the lash. The governor is demanding that teachers in kindergarten through fifth grade actually pass tests in reading and math in order to be certified.

“It might lead to the firing of lousy teachers and bad principals who hurt our children,” Christie said.

The fact that teachers will have to actually know the subject matters they teach and impart that knowledge to children competently qualifies as taking “the lash” to teachers?  Outside of union and government positions, competence is a prerequisite to getting and keeping a job, and competence provides no guarantee of keeping a job.  It seems that the easiest and most cost-effective way to improve the quality of our schools is to hold teachers and principals to the same standard.

Published in: on September 29, 2010 at 2:06 pm  Leave a Comment  

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