Here are a few great reads for the weekend, from my inbox to yours.
Beth Aviv talks about the painful loss of her teaching position to a younger, cheaper, “prettier” teacher over at Salon.com. Meanwhile, Tim Furman discusses why the concept of seniority is important when making staffing decisions. (Four-sentence editorial: My generation of teachers is pretty short-sighted about this issue. There, I said it. Obviously, qualifications should trump all, but when all things are equal, I think experience should be a factor. Otherwise, we’re going to spend our 20s and 30s working like dogs for virtually no money, only to find that we’ve argued ourselves out of job security once we actually start makin’ a little somethin’.) And on a funny unrelated note, “GBN News” announces that Joel Klein is instituting martial law in the NYC public schools.
Happy weekend and see you Monday!