Letters: For students' sake, lessen tenure's grip

ISSUE | EDUCATION

Lessen tenure's grip

Tenure for teachers was created when a career in education was highly esteemed but poorly compensated ("Playing politics with teachers' seniority," May 24). Once considered an asset, it has become a millstone.

Tenure has made it almost impossible to ferret out those no longer relevant to their profession. No business could succeed with an underperforming workforce. Seniority does not top efficiency. Deficient tenured teachers work to the detriment of their students.

The solution is not to eliminate tenure, which from a practical standpoint is impossible. Forced retirement at a certain age is wrong, because age does not necessarily affect proficiency.

Underperforming tenured teachers, regardless of age, should be retired, but with the full pensions they have earned. It would be a win for the system and the students without severely harming the teachers.

|Ralph D. Bloch, Rydal, ralphdbloch@yahoo.com