by Ms. Cheri Sabraw
Today, the Second District Court of Appeal sided with all incompetent teachers, those backed by one of the most powerful organizations in California, the California Teachers’ Association, a union that believes the rights of its teachers to be more important than the quality of education they deliver.
“Should it be easier to fire bad teachers?” This is the essential question asked in the original lawsuit.
And the answer to that question is the crux of the lower court’s ruling which said,
“Yes. You bad teachers can no longer hide under the cloak of tenure.”
But no one, especially those of us who live in California, should be surprised that the lower court ruling (Vergara v. California) was reversed in Los Angeles today. Here in the State of the Big Tent—where anything and everything are OK—we pay homage to the lowest common denominator and subscribe to the mantra that ” Being excellent is really just an attempt at superiority.”
In my long service to public education—from 1972-1998—I struggled to cope with the many losers who picked up their paychecks (often much larger than mine) for doing nothing. And I mean, nothing.
During instructional time, said losers showed movies that had nothing to do with their subject matter, shared their family problems with their students, told dumb jokes, and did anything other than teach their classes. These people, typically, spoke the loudest during faculty meetings and dominated the strike lines during the three teachers’ strikes that I witnessed.
They complained in the lunchroom about having to call concerned parents. They were small-minded people who thrived on an “us-against-them” philosophy. In sum, they were the most unimpressive group of people in whose company I have ever spent time. These people today, I’m sure, are Bernie Sanders’ supporters, hoping for more free stuff.
Most of the teachers in my English departments did not know a lick of grammar. (Go to the California Teachers’ Association website and see if an apostrophe sits after the word Teachers.) At an English department meeting when I suggested that all 9th grade teachers teach grammar, one of my peers told me that “… the foreign language teachers handle that.”
I know English teachers who never correct an essay all year. And get away with it.
I know administrators who know about these teachers but who do nothing.
Let’s hope that the California Supreme Court reverses the Court of Appeal in this matter.
Let’s hope that Judge Rolf Treu’s lower court ruling is upheld as it is the Treuth.