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Sun Feb 26, 2012, 02:28 PM

78. It's pretty easy to find the flaws here

The concept of a poorly performing tenured teacher is a head scratcher in the first place. Most people generally don't become poor performers overnight. So the first question that should be asked is how and why did that teacher get tenure in the first place?

My experience as a union steward in dealing with management who wants to fire people runs very contrary to these claims. Generally it's the same story repeated over and over. Management wakes up one day and decides to fire whatever employee they happen to have a hard-on for. Then they wonder why they can't. They don't bother to actually read and understand the very processes that they created for firing someone. Many people in the workplace are going to simply do the minimum they have to do to get by. If management doesn't manage, you get a lot of people they call poor performers, but in reality these people are doing exactly what is expected of them, which is to say very little. When management raises expectations and actually starts managing employees, these same people start to perform better.

In my experience, most poorly performing employees are actually the result of poorly performing managers.

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