Bumping in Education Is Obviously Wrong
Amanda Pereira, a sophomore at Classical High School, and her fellow students in Young Voices confirm that students also see what many of us believe to be obvious, that allowing teachers to be bumped from their jobs based on seniority alone is wrong:
[Bumping] has a terrible effect on students. In 2008, we conducted groundbreaking research on students’ everyday experience in Providence schools. We surveyed more than 1,600 high-school students and conducted focus groups with more than 200. Many students talked in the focus groups about losing their best teachers to bumping. This comment is just one example: “I had this social-studies teacher who really cared. He was a great teacher and I could really relate to him. Then he got pushed out one day, and I got this teacher who just sat at her desk and didn’t teach us anything.”
It’s really hard to lose a great teacher, especially since there aren’t a lot of teachers we can connect with. In our research, students said only 30 percent of their teachers motivate them.
Bumping is just an egregious example of the “union approach,” which is clearly a detriment to our schools and a harm to our children.