In principle, all teachers should have academic freedom regardless of tenure status. But in the real world of education, the exercise of such freedom depends in large part on tenure. Thus students need teachers with tenure.
Except for that tornado experience, which has changed us and our schools forever, we are the same teachers who have been here year after year, doing the same thing that brought us into education -- helping children.
Recent efforts in statehouses around the United States to abolish public employees' and K-12 teachers' collective bargaining rights suggest that attacks on the tenure system in public higher education will not be far behind.
It might take a while for this gospel of term limits to spread across the country, but there is nothing to stop us from trying it. After all, we already have term limits for our legislators. And they're the best group of politicians money can buy.
From the way Illinois politicians have been preening the past couple of days, you'd think they had cured cancer. Nope, it's what they and the media have been relentlessly calling a "historic" new education reform law.
Last week, by a vote of 5-2, a state senate committee took the first giant step toward a radical change of public education that will make our schools a nightmare for students, teachers, and administrators.