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> Hummmm. I can think of a few MORE important issues like.....
> *how to get rid of an unwanted faculty member who's driving you nuts
> *how to get rid of an unwanted student who's driving you more than nuts
I think Bunki's suggestions were said only half in jest. Don't we all
consider what she said -- except for PMS, no man will EVER understand.
As to getting rid of students driving you nuts... well, if you are public
school you just can't. When I get into heated arguments with my lawyer and
doctor friends who complain about how "easy" we teachers have it for the
money we make, I always offer this insight;
You, the doctor, the lawyer, can "fire' your client. If you don't like the
person you are dealing with you can just tell him/her to find someone else.
But I, as a teacher in the public school system, CAN NOT do this. I have to
put up with it. I can't choose my students.
AND, we do it. We try to make everything right for every student that
enters our classroom, and their dysfunctional parents.
But, as for a faculty member... well I have one. One that makes me more than
nuts- spoiled, self-centered, non- contributing, and worst of all uses a
family "influence' to get what she wants. I spend more time than I want to
consider covering for her and documenting my actions lest her "influence"
should come back to me. It is totally non-productive time for me.
I am a member of the NEA and am actively involved with association issues
regarding teacher performance. I do not support merit pay , but I think we
have to start considering how much we protect ineffective teachers. We have
many safeguards and action plans for teachers with unsatisfactory ratings
but it seems "they' still remain. Tenure
In all seriousness, I would be interested in a discussion in how to deal
with teachers that "seem" to be just getting by. (And, I say "seem" because
none of us ever know the whole story.) But, when a teacher is loosing
enrollment and when there are constant student complaints, should there not
be some course of action? (Keep in mind, I am talking about high school
where my program is dependent on enrollment.)
I truly believe that "an education for all" is one of the greatest benefits
our system offers. Last night, I turned in to the Republican Convention and
the speaker was to be a a mother addressing the issue of school choice. I
couldn't watch it. In my head I knew it was going to some kind of
denigration of what we struggle with day to day - without the support we
should be afforded.
Back to Bunki's feciousness. How do you get rid of a faculty member driving
All of us that participate in this list are looking for ways to become
better. Better teachers, better facilitators, better "inspirers."
So how do we get rid of those that are not doing the job?
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