Chariho School Parents’ Forum

November 14, 2008

Taking the bull by the horns

Filed under: contract negotiations — Editor @ 4:41 pm

In Washington

Last month, Ms. Rhee said she could no longer wait for a union response to her proposal, first outlined last summer, and announced an effort to identify and fire ineffective teachers, including those with tenure. The union is mobilizing to protect members, and the nation’s capital is bracing for what could be a wrenching labor struggle.



  1. Interesting article…teachers don’t live in the real world. They claim they need tenure so they are not arbitrarily fired. Don’t they realize anyone working for an employer can be arbitrarily fired? Tenure is a tool to product teachers who don’t do their job…no more, no less.

    Comment by Curious Resident — November 14, 2008 @ 5:56 pm | Reply

  2. In the real world, at least the two fortune 100 companies I have worked for, the rules about terminating employees are long, difficult, and complicated … so I think the argument for tenure may be out of date.

    Comment by Gene Daniell — November 14, 2008 @ 8:55 pm | Reply

  3. Considering one bad teacher can literally taint the academic potential of over 100 children per year…thousands in a career…there isn’t room for tenure in a system which truly puts children first. Ms. Rhee has been doing wonderful things in D.C., including implementing limited school choice. Is she the only one with the courage to take on the public system? Does Hopkinton have any leaders with similar vision? Time to find out.

    Comment by Curious Resident — November 14, 2008 @ 11:03 pm | Reply

  4. Heard on the local news tonight that the state held a “math summit” to figure out why Rhode Island students do so terribly in math. One parent they interviewed mentioned Investigations (constructivist math) and said it was good the children are learning “why”. In other words, this idiot parent was happy schools are bypassing actual math in favor of teaching abstract math concepts. Another parent said his child was able to do the math so he is happy. This ignoramus didn’t realize the math his child is able to do is fake math. If you go by your child’s grades, you’ll be happy…you don’t find out how badly they’ve damaged your child until there is no choice but to know real math, i.e., algebra, trigonometry, calculus, physics, higher level sciences, etc.

    WJAR showed video of the summit. Lots of teachers and administrators gathered together to discuss the obvious. For hundreds of years human beings have learned math through drills and skills, then along comes government math theorists and ideologically driven text book companies conspiring to show off their amazing abilities by pretending we need them to completely change everything.

    These people are so clueless they must live in Richmond. To add insult to injury, they take our money to pay these people to harm our children. We’re all stupid and getting dumber by the day.

    Comment by Curious Resident — November 17, 2008 @ 7:29 pm | Reply

  5. Aah, come on, I live in Richmond.

    I can understand why a parent could be sold that this new math is a good thing, it sounds reasonable on the surface. It’s only when you pay attention and really see what happens that you realize what an utter fiasco it is. It really doesn’t reflect well on the decisions made by “professional educators”.

    Comment by Gene Daniell — November 17, 2008 @ 11:11 pm | Reply

  6. Soory Gene. I am wrong to paint everyone in Richmnd with the same brush. Judging by the Chariho votes, 1/3 the people in Richmond do have a clue. I officially acknowledge this reality.

    Yes, parents can be fooled. I wasn’t aware of the math change for a few years. I doubt I would allow myself to be filmed approving of a math curriculum I knew nothing about. That’s why I think ktese parents are idiots. If they didn’t know they should have said so. Instead they left the impression that they are happy with constructivist math.

    Comment by Curious Resident — November 18, 2008 @ 10:32 am | Reply

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