Tenure: A teacher speaks

Among today’s letters to the editor in the daily newspaper was this offering by Amy Helseth, a self-described tenured third-grade teacher.

Her thoughtful letter is besieged with comments which can be seen following her opinion piece. The commenters take her to task, question her veracity, and pointedly remind her that the phraseology that is currently in use is “continuing status” rather than the word “tenure.”

Longtime educators choose to obscure the term, aware of the negative regard in which the policy of a permanent job guarantee is held — particularly in today’s uncertain employment climate, with so many American workers losing their jobs and homes.

3 Responses to Tenure: A teacher speaks

  1. Justin says:

    Good job, Amy Helseth! I would hope my children would have a teacher with your spirit and honesty. Thank you for your keen and experience-based insights.

  2. American Dad says:

    Finally — a teacher who is true to her profession and doesn’t cower when the union hierarchy demands allegiance. Ms. Helseth (and I bet she doesn’t tell her young students to call her “Amy”) can hold her head high!

  3. Doug Johnson says:

    An honorable woman walks among us.

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