Why do teachers need tenure? Because all it takes is ONE. Just ONE can ruin a career, ruin a family, and ruin a life.
All it takes is ONE student, ONE parent, ONE teacher, or just ONE person with a bone to pick to create any type of accusation that will in an instant destroy a teacher's career.
All it takes is ONE person in administration with an agenda, or who just does not like the teacher to destroy a teacher's career.
All it takes is ONE investigator, be that an internal investigator, or from law enforcement, to not take a story with that proverbial grain of salt, or one who lacks the higher order thinking skills to see through the inanity of an accusation to destroy a teacher's career.
Al it takes just ONE lawyer to bring a teacher up on 3020-a charges (in New York State) that wishes to make a name for themselves and feels that in order to make up for some severe Freudian shortcomings, must levy all his or her wrath on a teacher.
All it takes is ONE incompetent defense attorney paid for by the union, that is overworked, underpaid, and under qualified to destroy a teacher's career.
All it takes is ONE administrative law judge that is paid an exorbitant salary, along with perks such as per diem allowances for food and hotels that doesn't want to bit the hand that feeds it so said judge can strike a false Solomanic bargain, or worse, find a teacher guilty.
All it takes is ONE leaker to a local tabloid newspaper that puts that teacher on its front page to brand that teacher as inhuman, or worse, to destroy that teacher's career.
All it takes is ONE mayor that has some type of Napoleonic complex to destroy a teacher's career.
So what can be done to combat this abuse?
All it takes is ONE teacher, somewhere, and anywhere to stand up, plant their feet firmly, and refuse to be thrown under the bus.
All it takes is ONE parent to stick up not only for their children's education, but to support teachers.
All it takes is ONE teacher to join forces with parents to stop the abuse of the educational system in New York City and the rest of the country by politicians and know-nothings.
All it takes is ONE parent to start a groundswell and say, "I will not allow my child to be mentally abused anymore by taking high stake wasteful exams anymore!"
All it takes is ONE. Whoever is reading this can be that ONE to turn the tide.