Consider the concepts of Teacher Tenure vs. Merit Pay and Merit Pay, and pick a side – pro or con. Many argue that protecting a teacher’s contract based on the fact that they have been employed for a set length of time is mandatory for protection; others argue that without the motivation of some plan for continued service and compensation based upon the quality of performance is crucial to improve the standards of our schools. What are your thoughts after reviewing what the law says about Teachers’ Rights and Responsibilities?
Pro for Tenure might include:
Is quantity as measured in years of experience a valid reason for tenure?
Can we really fairly and objectively measure performance that would support legal merit pay?
Pro for Merit Pay might include:
What is the motivation for doing a good job if minimum requirements are all that are required?
What are the accountability measures for teachers once they have achieved tenure?
Consider the concepts of Students’ Rights and a Hot Topic of your choice (School Uniforms & Freedom of Expression, Cell Phones at School) and pick a side – pro or con. What are your thoughts after reviewing what the law says about Students’ Rights and Discipline?