Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, Inc., recently made some controversial statements while part of a recent panel discussion on improving classroom technology. In short, Jobs alleged that no amount of technology will help struggling schools until it is easier to fire bad teachers.
While it is true that the dismissal of teachers must be done only after proper procedures are followed and due process is afforded to the teacher, it is not impossible for district’s to remove poor performing teachers or those who otherwise violate valid district policies.
The comments, however, are making waves throughout the education and technology worlds. For example, Robert Scoble’s popular technology blog, Scobleizer, includes this interesting discussion. Former teacher-turned-Microsoft-employee, Alfred Thompson, has this to say.
There’s plenty to consider in all of that, so I’ll simply let you read and enjoy!