Time, Not Talent, Marks a Boston Globe Writer

Lawrence Harmon and other writers at the Boston Globe are covered by a union contract with strict seniority protections in the event of layoffs.

Study after study has proven that teachers get worse and worse the more experience they have. Actually, no study has ever shown anything remotely like this because it is an utterly preposterous claim. And yet I know it’s true because I read it in the Boston Globe at least three times a week.

The Globe’s argument goes something like this: teachers are at their very best when just beginning their careers. Fresh, energetic, innovative and hard working, they are undimpled vessels of excellence. But then that cruel bitch, experience, comes along and ruins them! While their fresh, energetic, innovative and hard working young colleagues race around in front of their smart boards, not content to rest for a moment lest the achievement gap widen under their watch, the old teachers sit at their desks, muffin in one hand, newspaper in the other, counting the days until they can get to Old Orchard Beach and unwind with a 30 pack. Do these oldsters even know what a smart board is???

A perfect stool sample of the Globe’s insistence that teachers get worse with time was on display recently in a Lawrence Harmon special called Talent, Not Time, Marks a Teacher. But don’t take my word for it. I insist that you enjoy some of Harmon’s nuggets of wisdom for yourself. Continue reading →