On Nov. 3, Time magazine will publish an article that has a few people in charge of educating our future a little steamed.
The focus is America’s teachers. The story is “Rotten Apples.” The premise gets even worse — it’s nearly impossible to fire a bad teacher.
The story is all about how this is a travesty in American education plaguing today’s classrooms — and how some tech millionaires with way too much time on their hands may have found a way to change that.
Oh, there’s also a petition demanding an apology from Time.
FULL DISCLOSURE: My lovely bride is a kindergarten teacher, and a darn good one too.
That said, she sees both sides of this argument. Fortunately, for teachers, it almost does take an act of Congress to layoff a teacher. Unfortunately for the same group, that act of Congress couldn’t come soon enough for a few ne’er-do-wells in U.S. schools of elementary education who took the job because some creative agency fired them 15 years ago.
Here’s the source of all that angst:
It is no secret that some of the most valuable jobs go to some of those most egregiously underpaid to do them (shout out to police, fire, paramedics, and of course teachers).
Behind the impetus of this petition and outcry is the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), which really wants to put the hammer down on the cover.
“The articles inside the magazine present more balanced view of the issues,” said the online petition. “But for millions of Americans, all they’ll see is the cover and a misleading attack on teachers.” (Source: CNN Money)
Do you think Time should do better…or is it just “time” to stand strong? Before you answer, Twitter would like to have a word…as it always does.
— Kelly A. Braun (@KellyAnnBraun) October 27, 2014
— Steven Singer (@StevenSinger3) October 24, 2014
— Shaun Johnson, PhD (@thechalkface) October 25, 2014