Apr 182010
Authors: Collegian Editorial Board

You’ve all had a professor who shouldn’t be teaching anymore. Perhaps they’re too focused on their research, they’re too old to modernize their teachings techniques or maybe they just don’t care about the subjects they teach anymore.

Whatever the reason, there’s just some educators that just shouldn’t be in the classroom.

The Colorado legislature is considering a bill that will cause tenured K-12 teachers to be evaluated and then stripped, should certain student academic growth metrics not be met, of their tenure.

While we wish this type of policy were under consideration on the university level, this is still a good start.

Far too often, it seems that giving tenure to teachers allows them to have a job for life, whether or not they continue to deserve it.

If you have a good five-year run at your job in your 20s, does that mean you should be guaranteed a job for the next 30 years? We say no.

This bill has found bipartisan support; it’s not hard to see why a process of review could make our schools better. If teachers know that consistently sub-par performance from their students may lead to their own dismissal, they would have greater incentive to keep their classes relevant to the changing demographic of students.

The main opposition to the bill has sprung up from the Colorado Education Association that would undoubtedly see some of their underperforming tenured teachers be replaced by better ones.

We hope that after Colorado passes this law, similar legislation will be considered for our state’s universities.

As we students fund CSU, it would be nice if our professors, whose services we are paying for, could be replaced when they lose that edge that helped them earn tenure in the first place.

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