Letter to the Editor
Although I generally side with unions and the right to organize, I have to say that tenure for teachers is an abuse of the system. When I was in the 8th and 9th grade I had an incompetent English teacher who enjoyed abusing students. But the principal said that there was nothing he could do because of tenure. Teachers with tenure can’t be fired.
The very idea that some people get a job for life without any kind of accountability is just fundamentally wrong. The teacher stayed in her job till she was 65 and then went on to draw from the system for another 25 years till she finally died at the age of 90. I support the rights of teachers to have unions but I also support the right of students to be protected from teachers who aren’t qualified to teach. So I’ll support the teachers when the teachers support the students. Tenure must go.
For those who are interested in specifics – the teacher’s name is Eleanor Ball and she taught English at Woodsdale Jr. High in Wheeling WV. She retired in June of 1969.