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matters of teaching

by Ivy Harris (2017-04-27)

I was very disappointed with the quality of Mr. Kirp's Op-Ed. He makes several blanket statements which are either unsubstantiated--why shouldn't the worst charter schools be considered schools? Should the worst public schools still be considered schools? What is it about these schools that doesn't make them schools in Mr. Kirp's mind?--or clearly incorrect while failing to mention the crux of the argument for most education reformers--unions which by their definition place students behind the well being of teachers.

I agree that firing can cause poor moral but the seemingly willy-nilly firing that Mr. Kirp describes is an absurd fantasy. It takes an average of 18 months to fire a teacher in California--it took over three years to fire a teacher who took a special needs student from his chair and kicked him despite being convicted of child abuse. Yes, teaching is about "complicated and messy human relationships" but I'm fairly confident that most children do reach their potential after being kicked by their teacher - they'd rather buy an essay and stop learning from that teacher.

If Mr. Kirp bothered to listen to the arguments given by education reformers he would know that they are more interested in finding the teachers that have the backs of their students in mind and giving them the resources that they need AND want and nurturing those teachers in the same way we expect them to nurture our children.