Damn yes. There are teachers in my building who have been given a reasonable level of support, but they just aren't improving. Obama says get them out, and I agree. He goes on to describe lots of other policies that I think are just peachy (increased pre-K, merit pay, longer school days and school years, and improving state standards and tests), but I have this teacher quality bug stuck in my craw, and I need to vent.
There is one math teacher that I "work" with (I use quotes because, while I would describe my actions as working, I can certainly not say the same for his) who comes into my classroom to get my lesson plan every morning -- he never writes his own. The best part? In my department we send lesson plans out via email, but homeboy still needs to come take a hard copy. This guy doesn't get the emails because he "can't remember his password."
This man is, in almost every professional capacity, a moron. The following are just some of the bone-headed things he has done this year, all while getting paid:
- He left his classroom unattended earlier this year and a student threw a textbook out the window -- it caused $3000 in damage to a parked car
- He doesn't lesson plan EVER therefore doesn't live up to his contract
- He "didn't understand" how to fill out his PPEP form and he copied the Spanish teacher's verbatim