Strengthen schools by firing bad teachers

“I believe that sometimes firing teachers is exactly the right thing to do.” That’s Rick Hess, writing on the ASCD blog. When he suggested that New York City schools do that, he received, as you might expect, some vigorous responses, which he relates on the ASCD blog.

The responses on the ASCD blog, meanwhile, aren’t much more postitive to Hess’s ideas. In general, the people who left comments there seem to believe that there is no such thing as a bad teacher. Such a notion strains credulity, as it would make the teaching profession the only line of work in which nobody is below average.

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