Badass Teachers Association Responds to TIME Cover

Great letter, but do k-12 teachers really think college profs enjoy a lifetime of job security that tenure provides? Time for more education on the prevalence of low-wage, contingent employment in Higher Ed.

TIME

This is one part of a series of readers’ responses to this week’s cover.

As delegates of an organization that represents the collective voices of 53,000 teachers, we take issue with the cover selected for the November 3 edition of Time. We believe that the image is journalistically irresponsible because it unfairly paints teachers and teacher tenure in a negative light.

The gavel as a symbol of corporate education, smashing the apple – the universal symbol of education – reinforces a text applauding yet another requested deathblow to teacher tenure. Instead of clarity, this continues the misconception that tenure ensures a job for life. It does not. It ensures “just cause” rationale before teachers can be fired.

In addition, the cover perpetuates the pernicious myth of the “bad” teacher and tenure as the prime enablers of larger failures in American education. This is a false narrative. These failures are due…

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