As someone who was trained to be a college professor in the humanities, I know that even tenure at the university level is not what it used to be. Learn more about tenure and real barriers to teacher and student success in this TruthOut post by a San Diego teacher, who says poverty and instability undermine what even the most motivated students, teachers, and parents can do:
If we cared about this nation’s children and our future, ending poverty would be our highest priority. Instead, we muddle on as a nation in denial about the effects poverty has on so many of our fellow Americans and its corrosive effects on our society. If our nation is to thrive, we must lift people out of poverty and ensure that the rising generation lives in good housing and has quality food, strong community and family supports.
And then give thought to how administrators shuffle burned-out or underperforming teachers from school to school instead of finding a real solution. Maybe it’s time to put an equivalent focus on administrators and their accountability.