Last updated on: 7/15/2011 | Author:

Stewart E Brekke, MSEd, MA Biography

Retired physics/chemistry teacher for Chicago Public Schools
Pro to the question "Should Teachers Get Tenure?"

“Teachers need to have tenure. The modern view of some educators and politicians is that tenure for teachers has no value. My experience as a physics and chemistry teacher in the public schools of Chicago has convinced me beyond a shadow of a doubt that all teachers should have the possibility of tenure.

Tenure is really like seniority in other working environments. Tenure protects the teacher from unwarranted and wanton dismissal for doing unpopular things such as failing influential students, becoming a whistleblower, union activity, writing unpopular articles, and lack of favor for almost any reason with changing school administrators and school board politics. Most teaching situations have almost immediate dismissal for cause such as child abuse, theft, and conviction of major crimes as well as teaching incompetence. Therefore, the public should have little concern about teachers having tenure…

Most teachers are ‘little’ people in the sense that they often do not have much influence with school boards and administrators. Because of sometimes unpopular decisions, the teacher needs tenure to protect his job and to save him from the financial ruin of unemployment. Also, all persons in a job situation need to have some kind of job security. A person needs to have the long term financial security that tenure provides for his/her family to have shelter, food and his/her children’s education.”

“Why Teachers Need Tenure,” (accessed Apr. 18, 2011)

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Retired physics/chemistry teacher, Chicago Public Schools, 23 years
  • Regular contributor, Gazette
  • MSEd, Purdue University
  • MA, Humanities, Wayne State University
  • BA, University of Illinois
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