Obama wants to see “bad teachers” moved out of the classroom, as reported in a recent article. The reporter notes, “If the nation’s schools are going to see improvement, President Barack Obama says there has to be a way to ease bad teachers out of the classroom.”
Further, “Obama said some people just aren’t meant to be teachers.” I think he’s right on this charge. I don’t think there’s a panacea for solving all the ills in education, but I do see people in my own building who are not there to be better teachers.
However, I also feel that administrators need to take some of this on their shoulders to do one of two things to help the situation: 1) go through the lengthy steps to oust poor teachers or 2) become teachers of teachers and make those deemed “poor” improve.
As a teacher, I’m limited in what I can do to help; peer pressure only goes so far. I really think the easiest way to see improvement is to get help from building and district leadership (better and more authentic professional development, help for struggling teachers, paid time to observe other teachers, and so on).
What do you think?