Last updated on: 12/7/2018 | Author: ProCon.org

Chris Talgo, MAT Biography

Title:
Editorial Assistant at the Heartland Institute and former teacher
Position:
Con to the question "Should Teachers Get Tenure?"
Reasoning:

“In 2018, tenure is no longer necessary. Over the past century, tenure has transformed into an obsolete, protectionist racket that does more harm than good.

First and foremost, teacher tenure creates complacency because it guarantees job safety. Unlike almost every other profession, teachers are commonly awarded tenure very early in their careers, which virtually removes accountability and the incentive for excellent job performance. As a result, public schools are inundated with ineffective tenured teachers who put in minimal effort and fail to adequately educate students…

As if incompetent teachers in far too many classrooms don’t pose enough of a threat to quality education, the time it takes to actually dismiss an inept teacher is appalling. Furthermore, the sheer cost of the process is a severe and totally unnecessary strain on state and local education budgets…

Additionally, tenure places seniority in front of all other factors (including performance) when staffing reductions must be made. This antiquated policy of ‘last-hired, first-fired’ indiscriminately protects veteran teachers and punishes young teachers. Even worse, this backward procedure cripples cutting-edge teaching methods and innovations – which are far more likely to be introduced and honed by young teachers…

Tenure is an archaic and sclerotic system that blunts education innovation, teacher accountability and student learning.”

“Counterpoint: Teacher Tenure Does More Harm Than Good,” insidesources.com, Oct. 28 2018

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Editorial Assistant, Heartland Institute, 2018-present
  • Marketing Coordinator, Heartland Institute, 2017-2018
  • Teacher, Beaufort County Schools, 2013-2017
Education:
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), Secondary Education and Teaching, National Louis University, 2014
  • BA, History, Indiana University at Bloomington, 2006
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should Teachers Get Tenure?