I know. I understand that in our current educational system, tenure trumps all. I get it, I really do. I vehemently disagree with it, but I get it.
I have a friend. She is an amazing teacher who is passionate about her work, who loves her content, who knows her students deeply, who holds them to the highest possible standards while still supporting them, who is one of the most ethical people I’ve ever met….
Two days ago she lost her job. Because she’s in her second year, and there were budget cuts, and it is what it is. I could go on ad nauseum about how unfair that is, but right now that doesn't do any good. It doesn't help anything.
This is a loss for her, for her students, for her school. She’ll get another job eventually at another school, where she will shine just as brightly as she did at her current school, but right now….
Right now, I am sad for my friend.