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Paul Sassone — our enemies: Aliens, communists and teachers

Paul Sassone

Creatures from outer space and commies. When I was growing up, those were our twin fears.

Each week, the Saturday matinee movies showed us that flying saucers hovered in the night sky piloted by aliens bent on stealing our brains, replicating our bodies or zapping us with death rays.

And if the aliens didn’t get us the commies would. They were daily expected to drop the H-bomb on us, or — more insidious — they would destroy us by infiltrating our society. Disguised as regular Americans, they would subvert from within.

We haven’t had such a good enemy within since the Soviet Union imploded.

But now we do: teachers.

By seeking pensions and job security, they are destroying America. We blame them for bankrupting Illinois, for instance, because the state can’t afford the pensions, even though the crisis is the result of state officials for decades not putting money in the pension funds as they are required to do. So, naturally blame the teachers.

And tenure is the latest atrocity teachers have committed. A California judge ruled that the state’s tenure system is unconstitutional because it violates California’s constitutional commitment to provide “a basically equal opportunity to achieve a quality education.’’

Some children don’t receive as good an education as others, which is discriminatory, which is due to bad teachers, which is due to tenure laws making it difficult to fire bad teachers.

But:

1. Aren’t there many factors — school, home, economic and society — that determine whether a child receives a quality education?

2. How many and where are the bad teachers? Can that be measured and correlated with students who receive a nonquality education?

3. Who hires the bad teachers? Principals? The same people who would be firing un-tenured teachers at will.

4. If tenure were eliminated, wouldn’t principals do what managers in the private sector do when trying to save money — lay off the employees who make the most money? So long, experienced teachers.

5. Wouldn’t lack of job security discourage top students from going into teaching?

Nah!

Really trying to solve a problem is hard.

It’s a lot easier finding and blaming an enemy within.

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