Re: “For teachers, seniority rules” (TNT, 5-10.
Ronnie Gordon’s displacement from Mount Tahoma High School follows protocol, but your article illustrates why displacement should be determined by more than experience.
Education is about the messenger, not just the message. I tutor a Tacoma student whose grade improved drastically in a course once the student switched teachers. While many teachers improve with experience, student testimony shows Gordon’s ability right now. Experience fails to capture that.
Also, Gordon is more than a teacher at Mount Tahoma. He advises clubs and is a graduate of the school. Experience is blind to these facts, but those impacted by Gordon’s displacement are not.
With the Tacoma School District currently developing a new strategic plan, and the current teacher contract expiring in 2011, now is the time to discuss changes. Experience does not capture all that makes a teacher valuable. Displacement protocol should reflect this reality.