TIME Mag Highlights Issues with Tenure, Unions Lash Out


Educators across America are up in arms over a new TIME Magazine cover that highlights Silicon Valley schooling reform efforts even though concurrently criticizing poor teachers.

The cover, released online this week with the print edition set to enter merchants on November 3, reads “Rotten Apples,” following with “It’s almost unattainable to fire a bad teacher. Some tech millionaires could have found a way to alter that.”

The cover pertains to an post written by Haley Sweetland Edwards discussing the perform of training reformers and their efforts to enhance instructor accountability and to get down instructor tenure laws.  The article focuses on David Welch, a businessman in Silicon Valley and founder of the group College students Matter, the group who the led the fight for the Vergara vs. California selection which explained teacher tenure laws in the state violated the constitutional rights of young children to an equal education.

In the last decade, fewer than a hundred of the 300,000+ teachers in the state who hold tenure have been fired.  This statistic is far below any other expert area.

But the cover has brought on emotions of anger from several teacher advocacy groups.  Last week, president of the American Federation of Teachers Randi Weingarten expressed these feelings to the organization’s one.five million members in an e mail.

“When I noticed this right now, I felt sick. This Time cover isn’t striving to foster a significant dialogue about options our schools need—it’s intentionally making controversy to sell a lot more copies,” she said.

It is not the write-up itself that Weingarten is upset with, which she says “looks at the wealthy sponsors of these efforts… [and] also concerns the testing industry’s connections to Silicon Valley and the motives of these gamers.”   She is angered over the cover, which she believes millions of men and women will stroll previous on information stands and see without taking the time to study the total article.

“[F]or hundreds of thousands of Americans, all they’ll see is the cover and its misleading assault on teachers,” she stated.

Former Assistant Secretary of Schooling Diane Ravitch has also spoken out towards the cover and its advancement of “poisonous, non-quit instructor-bashing.”  She argues that the real lead to of lacking instructor top quality is the drop in enrollment in teacher coaching plans, raising concern that not sufficient higher-top quality students are taking an curiosity in the education field.

Valerie Strauss, an education blogger with The Washington Submit, also expressed her anger at the cover, reminding readers of a preceding cover released by the magazine in 2008 featuring then-DC school superintendent Michelle Rhee and a broom metaphorically used to “clean up” location schools, largely by firing ineffective teachers.

Teachers are furious,” Strauss concludes, “especially at the magazine cover, which they see as sending the message that there are loads of ‘rotten apples’ that only ‘tech millionaires’ know how take away from the classroom. However once again, wealthy philanthropists and businessman are being cast as the saviors of public education when, in reality, they aren’t.”

The cover has caused the AFT to get started a campaign asking TIME to “apologize to America’s teachers for the misleading and hyperbolic assault on your November 3 cover.”

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