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Stratford Teacher Blasts Gov. Malloy for Tenure Remark

Bunnell physics teacher Kristen Record, Connecticut's 2011 Teacher of the Year, quoted by published article.

, who teaches physics at Bunnell High School in Stratford, was among the teachers quoted in a published article wondering where Gov. Dannel Malloy got his ideas on teacher tenure.

The Connecticut Post’s Linda Conner Lambeck quoted Record criticizing Malloy for the governor’s comment that teachers earn tenure by just showing up for work for four years and then they keep their jobs without concern for how well they teach.

Not so, said the employee and other teachers, who blasted the governor for not knowing how the state’s teacher certification process works.

Editor's note: This article's original publication date of Feb. 19 has been altered for layout preferences.

Matt February 19, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Gov. Malloy is just another politician (local, state and federal) who who has no clue what educators do on a daily basis. His remarks demonstrate his ignorance regarding the tenure system in CT. Ask any teacher who for the past 20+ years has had to navigate through the state's Beginning Teacher induction program( BEST and now TEAM) as well as their own district's induction program. Nobody just shows up for four years and is then handed tenure. It is a grueling process that one must pass through to be able to move from initial certification to the next level of certification. If you don't pass you do not get recertified, and hence can't teach. Even if you do pass the the state's program, it is not a gurantee you pass the district's induction process. Malloy and his highly paid administrative team (most if not all making well above the average teacher in this state), appear to have found the cure for the ALL of the states problems- replace the good for nothing lazy teachers in our state with hard working ones.
Matt February 19, 2012 at 07:49 PM
If we do this businesses will return, the economy will rebound and taxes will go down. What a genius. After all, the public schools in this country are to blame for all of societies wows, including teen pregnancy, childhood obesity, increased drug use among our young, promiscuous sex among our youth, and the list goes on. It certainly has nothing to do with society as whole, poor parenting skills, and what businesses peddle to children daily through every form of media, all in the name of making profit. Let's give into the extreme right an just let private company's take over the public education system in this country...they will certainly get the job done with their primary focus being on student achievement (profit be damned)! They will keep costs down and produce great results, just like the private colleges in our cou ntry have done (average private college tuition $50,000+). Yes...I can see Malloy is on a tracjectory to greatness.
Dom DeCicco February 19, 2012 at 09:49 PM
I tried telling all of you -- but no one seemed to care when it was the students who were being mistreated. Don't worry too much though; try and finish out the rest of your pension and then pick up a job in one of the corporate-run school systems. You all had your tenure, which was designed to allow you to teach democratically, absent the fear of totalitarians telling you the philosophy to spread. And what was done with that, nothing. Dissenting thought remained silent under the “it’s my job” clause of cowardice. Despite the fact that the vast majority of this country has made it clear that we are not secular, a secular agenda was shoved down our throats, and utilitarianism not individualism was the answer we were forced to digest in all things. I see one respondent was nice enough to defend the need for tenure by blaming bad parenting for the many woes of teachers. Knock it off with that garbage – we are tired of hearing how hard teaching is because of all the uninvolved parents out there. Teaching is so hard these days because progressive teachers were the first to spread the deception of political correctness and never opened their mouths when they knowingly contributed to spreading chaos through policies. Our schools are failing because we are no longer able to refer to delinquents, criminals, and psychopaths as such. They are now classified as disabled and therefore must be schooled.
Dom DeCicco February 19, 2012 at 09:53 PM
I recall the turning point for me was after a meeting that my wife and I had with an elementary school teacher regarding the removal of Thanksgiving celebrations in her classroom. She explained that the practice had been removed so to avoid being insensitive to students of other cultures. I have to close by suggesting that I am deeply concerned with the continued manipulation of teaching as a profession in our culture, I am an advocate of dedicated teachers (which I believe most are), and I strongly recommend that the public consider what is truly behind this new proposal. Thusly, I am not an advocate of removing tenure from teaching; however, I would like to see some indication that it is being used for what it was intended for.
brutus2011 February 20, 2012 at 02:32 AM
I want to thank Gov. Malloy for publicly revealing the mindset of our leaders. Either our leaders are truly ignorant or they are counting on the ignorance of the general public. Anyone care to guess which?
Harry Science February 20, 2012 at 07:39 AM
As a former HS teacher - it's about time we evaluate teachers on the same basis as we evaluate the students - upon performance, not upon attendance. If you produce, you stay. If not you go.
Helene E. Logan February 21, 2012 at 04:38 PM
I have respect for good teachers, but I certainly encountered a large number of tenured, going-through-the-motions teachers back in the 70's. Fairfield (where I attended some school) seemed to be really good at marketing the school system as some jewel of higher learning, but I found it wasn't nearly as good as the system I came from in another state. This has been a problem for a long time. But parents also need to be involved. Teachers should not be expected to babysit poorly reared kids. And at least back then, there seemed to be more parent involvement in their child's education. There is no easy answer, no black & white response. Everyone is guilty of some part of the problem, and somehow it has to be addressed and solutions considered. Simply 'blasting' one another won't fix it.
FREEDOM February 21, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Let's boil this down to the purest form. If your job (yes you .. not a teacher) depended on evaluations based off the performance of something so volatile (say the results of thirty 7th graders math tests), you would demand more money. People in the financial services field (traders) operate under this form and a portion of their compensation accounts for that risk. There are better ways to evaluate teachers. Saying we should be linking it to performance is just an easy way to blow hot air.
Kip Steele February 21, 2012 at 08:56 PM
But how is it volatile if you are teaching them to learn what the core competencies are in the subject? Data driven results accounting for a high percentage of the review should be an important driver. And I think like working on a trading desk,which I have done, you post the results for the entire world to see so the school and the other teachers are aware of how results get done. But I also think that a baseline of the students performance should also be gained upon entry into a classroom as many of the students are at varying levels.
Kip Steele February 21, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Actually, the impact of a bad school system does cause decay in a town due to lower valuation in housing prices. The lower the prices, the lower the tax base and funding for services like police. A bad school can be a breeding ground for drop outs and further perpetuate the decline. Check Google as there loads of articles on this. It would be also interesting to see if the model of teachers long term compensation changed to a bonus based structure with 401k match rather than a pension. You want to get the support of the townspeople, then the services rendered should match what most people have rather than the continued sapping of tax dollars to fund healthcare for former employees.
FREEDOM February 22, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Still won't work. Think trough it. You may be able to establish a base where the child starts from, but you can not predict if the child can actually learn the material. Even if he or she had the best teach they may not be able to digest the material. Would you want to be held accountable for doing your job correctly but be penalized because a student can't learn. Too many factors to create an approach based off results.

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