Thursday, July 27, 2006

Why is it so difficult to get rid of a poorly performing teacher in California?

This question was asked by Richard Ehisen of the Sacramento News and Review on May 17, 2001. (See

The answer is: their friends protect them.

On the other hand, these same teachers who protect incompetent peers often attack competent teachers. The reason? Jealousy, competition, jockeying for control of the school.

Wait a minute. Aren't institutions run by women, as many schools are, more gentle, kind, and caring?

Maybe not.

Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State, said, "I'm not a person who thinks the world would be entirely different if it was run by women. If you think that, you've forgotten what high school was like."

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