Budget Cuts Forcing Teacher LayOffs

Budget Cuts Forcing Teacher LayOffs

There are 2 comments on the WFSB-TV Hartford story from Apr 23, 2010, titled Budget Cuts Forcing Teacher LayOffs. In it, WFSB-TV Hartford reports that:

Connecticut educators are facing the worst round of layoffs they have ever seen.

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Nemesys

Danbury, CT

#1 Apr 23, 2010
Unfortunately, the heavily Democrat-supported, unionized environment we have in CT will force newer, younger teachers out and leave in the old overpaid spuds in who are just killing time waiting for retirement.

It's unfortunate that our crony system rewards status quo incompetence while the best trained, most energetic, and transformational teachers get thrown off the bus.
Yoshi

Unionville, CT

#2 Apr 23, 2010
Nemesys wrote:
Unfortunately, the heavily Democrat-supported, unionized environment we have in CT will force newer, younger teachers out and leave in the old overpaid spuds in who are just killing time waiting for retirement.
It's unfortunate that our crony system rewards status quo incompetence while the best trained, most energetic, and transformational teachers get thrown off the bus.
If Republicans believe younger means more energetic and better, why did the RNC run a stodgy antiquated old spud for President ? Wasn't that one of the Republican's big banners that Obama didn't have experience ? Where were your arguments about exuberance then ? Or was McCain the youngest they could find who had at least 1/2 of a brain ?

So which is it - older is better, or younger ? Or does it depend on the day of the week which you will spout off about ?

The reality is that there is always a trade-off - new blood brings in new ideas, but new blood also does by definition not have the experience. More senior educators have the knowledge and experience. For every old spud waiting to retire, there is a young potato head who will be jumping from job to job or career to career causing high turnover and bringing along with it the hidden costs of retraining. For every youngster with good ideas there is a more senior person who can apply their experience and avoid the waste that comes with the lack of experience of the youngster by avoiding that which has been proven to not work.

I'd like to see much more of a merit system built into the educational structures since I do not believe older is better just for the hell of it, but I also don't believe that newer is better just because. How to apply merit to teaching is of course not easy, these ludicrous programs in which we compensate teachers and students is just silly, just as moronic for paying construction teams a bonus for getting done on time.

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