Last updated on: 9/23/2014 | Author: ProCon.org

Peter Greene Biography

Title:
English Teacher at Franklin Area High School (Sandy Creek, PA)
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Teachers Get Tenure?"
Reasoning:

“The lack of tenure, of due process, of any requirement that a school district only fire teachers for some actual legitimate reason — it interferes with teachers’ ability to do the job they were hired to do. It forces teachers to work under a chilling cloud where their best professional judgment, their desire to advocate for and help students, their ability to speak out and stand up are all smothered by people with the power to say, ‘Do as I tell you, or else.’

Civilians need to understand — the biggest problem with the destruction of tenure is not that a handful of teachers will lose their jobs, but that entire buildings full of teachers will lose the freedom to do their jobs well…

Teachers, who answer to a hundred different bosses, need their own special set of protections. Not to help them keep the job, but to help them do it. The public needs the assurance that teachers will not be protected from the consequences of incompetence (and administrators really need to step up — behind every teacher who shouldn’t have a job are administrators who aren’t doing theirs). But the public also needs the assurance that some administrator or school board member or powerful citizen will not interfere with the work the public hired the teacher to do. Tenure is that assurance. Without tenure, every teacher is the pawn and puppet of whoever happens to be the most powerful person in the building today.”

“Without Tenure…,” curmudgucation.blogspot.com, Aug. 5, 2014

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • English teacher, Franklin Area High School (Sandy Creek, PA)
  • Blogger, Curmudgication.blogspot.com
  • Blogger, View From the Cheap Seats, blogs.edweek.org
  • Contributor, Huffington Post
  • Former local union president
  • Columnist, News-Herald
Education:
  • Attended, Allegheny College, 1979
Other:
  • Plays trombone in a 150+-year-old community band
  • Born in New Hampshire
  • Local theater director
  • Advisor, Yearbook, Student Council, and Stage Crew at Franklin Area High School
  • Regular contributor to Dianeravitch.net, Diane Ravitch’s blog
  • Twitter handle: @palan57
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should Teachers Get Tenure?