Posted by Rojas @ 4:51 pm on August 26th 2009

There but for the grace of God…

The New Yorker covers the attempts to improve teaching in the New York City public schools. Do not read without having something to hit nearby.

The most difficult aspect of this for me to accept is the evident lockstep support of the teachers in question for incompetent colleagues. As a teacher myself (a good one on most days), nothing makes me angry more quickly than dealing with colleagues who won’t do their jobs. I am relatively fortunate in that there are very few of those sorts of teachers in my building, and those that are are pretty easily identifiable. Then again, we don’t have tenure.

I recognize the importance of basic job protections in a career as sensitive as teaching, but I cannot accept that a decent compromise cannot be found between arbitrary firings and complete inaccountability.


  1. I heard about the Rubber Room on This American Life a while ago.

    They are even making a movie about it.

    I expect the policy to change once that happens.

    Comment by Jerrod — 9/18/2009 @ 8:04 pm

  2. Well, I should say I wouldn’t be surprised if the policy changes after that. I don’t particularly EXPECT it to change.

    Comment by Jerrod — 9/18/2009 @ 8:05 pm

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