Mitch Daniels: Proof of the Need for Teacher Tenure

Diane Ravitch's blog

Can you imagine that the governor of your state would tell teachers which books they are allowed to assign or use in class?

Can you imagine that the governor of your state would tell college professors which books they are allowed to assign or use in class?

Can you imagine that the governor of your state would use his power to try to audit and close down a program at a university because its director dared to criticize him?

Well, all of these things happened in Indiana when Mitch Daniels was Governor.

And this, dear readers, is why teachers need tenure, to protect them against thuggish politicians who want to control what teachers are allowed to teach. It is called “academic freedom.” Yes, teachers need academic freedom. Otherwise some very important historical controversies, some basic scientific ideas, and some major novels will never be taught for fear that someone…

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