Or concerned parents whose children may be taught by bad apples. Think Oxford, Kumon, Khan Academy, private tutoring etc...ConsoleWatcher wrote: ↑Apr 29th, 2013 4:50 pmWhile many parents might be able to teach one or two children as well as a teacher, teachers have to teach 20 to 30 children at a time, and often more than 100 children over the course of a day. To be able to do that takes specialized skills and education.
There are good teachers but I'm sure because of the unionized work environment, not more than half (already being very optimistic) will be truly dedicated and concerned with helping students develop the life skills / knowledge they will need as adults later on in life.
There was a substitute teacher for my daughter when she was in Grade 5/6 who said her assignment on angles was 100% incorrect. I helped my daughter and if our degrees were off, they would be 1-2 at most. Think about if this substitute teacher was able to secure a permanent job -- all is done for.
There should not be tenure and like most other non-government jobs, let performance speak for itself. So long as things are documented, even an entire class of students out to get a good teacher fired will not succeed. I know reviews can be biased downward especially when children would rather play outside or surf the web, but still the teacher's homework / lectures /handouts should be able to speak to the quality of his/her teaching.