Thursday, May 26, 2011

That Would Have to Go Both Ways

John Merrow:

Two union leaders, AFT President Randi Weingarten and NEA Executive Director John Wilson, were two of the four panelists, and they agreed that an essential step would be the adoption of professional behavior. They said it would be possible to write what one called a ‘slim’ contract of 6-8 pages that laid out essential provisions: due process, some say in hiring, a role in evaluation, a role in developing curricula and assessments, and other professional issues. There’s no need to specify how late a teacher can get there in the morning and how early she can leave in the afternoon, in other words.

OK... but does that mean there is no need to specify in the contract, or no need to specify at all? In practice now, what that means is that if it isn't in the contract the principal can arbitrarily specify when you arrive and leave. Is that more or less professional than having it covered by a contract?

Does that mean no time clocks?

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