Last night in class, the subject of ineffective teachers came up. Given enough time, any discussion about education will revert to a discussion about who to fire.
Not to defend bad teachers, but exactly who is lining up to replace them? First-year teachers who are also, by the way, ineffective?
Malcolm Gladwell had some interesting thoughts on the subject. His basic argument is that we should flood ourselves with new, cheap teachers and just let them sift out. Try out 4 teachers to find one good one? Is that practical given the numbers? He compares this process to finding a quarterback for pro football. Really, are there 7 million quarterbacks?
It's hard to bring in large numbers of newbies. Their energy can be great, but it's often consumed by the act of keeping their head above water. I dunno. Mine certainly is not the only set of experiences to consider.
I read about this somewhere else first, but I forget where. Somewhere on my blog roll.