By David L. Goetsch July 11, 2014
have now spent 38 years in higher education as a professor, administrator, and
now adjunct professor. During this time I have come to believe that education
reform will never work unless the concept of teacher tenure is eliminated.
Tenure is a concept that was originally developed to protect the academic
freedom of teachers. The idea was to protect teachers who held controversial
views from being fired for exercising their right to free speech and, by so
doing, to ensure that students would be exposed to a variety of different
perspectives as part of their education.
For the purpose of this column, I will put aside the sad fact that academic
freedom has morphed into a concept in which teachers and students may express
their views on any subject as long as their views toe the line of liberal
orthodoxy. In a typical public school, college, or university, the only point of
view students can expect to consistently hear is the liberal point of view.
Liberals control education in America and use that control to, in turn, control
the thinking of students. This is a subject I have written on extensively at
this site and, along with my colleague Archie Jones, have authored a book on (Liberal Tyranny in Higher Education). But
liberal tyranny in education is grist for another mill. The focus of this
column is teacher tenure and the positive effect eliminating it could have on
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