Here are some idea on how we might go about fixing the hot dog/bun misalignment issue….

  • Boycott purchasing hot dogs until the manufactures get it right
  • Mail you mismatches (i.e., you extra hot dogs or buns) to the companies producing said products
  • Write your congress representative
  • Picket the corporations that perpetuate such waste
  • Start (or support) a small business that makes 10 bun packages
  • Abstain from eating hot dogs in the month of July 2012
  • Write a letter to the manufactures

Other thougths?

 

If this doesn’t describe why tenure in teaching is inherently flawed…not sure what does….

  1. Teacher tenure creates complacency because teachers know they are unlikely to lose their jobs.
  2. Tenure removes incentives for teachers to put in more than the minimum effort and to focus on improving their teaching.
  3. Tenure makes it difficult to remove underperforming teachers because the process involves months of legal wrangling by the principal, the school board, the union, and the courts.
  4. A June 1, 2009 study by the New Teacher Project found that 81% of school administrators knew a poorly performing tenured teacher at their school; however, 86% of administrators said they do not always pursue dismissal of teachers because of the costly and time-consuming process.
  5. Tenure makes seniority the main factor in dismissal decisions, instead of teacher performance and quality.
  6. Tenure laws maintain the “last-hired, first-fired” policy. Layoffs on seniority harms younger teachers.
  7. Tenure is not needed to recruit teachers.
  8. With job protections through court rulings, collective bargaining, and state and federal laws, teachers today no longer need tenure to protect them from dismissal.
  9. Tenure makes it costly to remove a teacher with poor performance or who is guilty of wrongdoing. It costs an average of $250,000 to fire a teacher in New York City.
  10. With most states granting tenure after three years, teachers have not had the opportunity to “show their worth, or their ineptitude.” Nov. 21, 2008 study by the University of Washington’s Center on Reinventing Public Education found that the first two to three years of teaching do not predict post-tenure performance.
  11. Tenure at the K-12 level is not earned, but given to nearly everyone. To receive tenure at the university level, professors must show contributions to their fields by publishing research. At the K-12 level, teachers only need to “stick around” for a short period of time to receive tenure. A June 1, 2009 study by the New Teacher Project found that less than one percent of evaluated teachers were rated unsatisfactory.
  12. Tenure is unpopular among educators and the public. An Apr.-May 2011 survey of 2,600 Americans found that 49% oppose teacher tenure while 20% support it. Among teachers, 53% support tenure while 32% oppose it. According to a Sep. 2010 report, 86% of education professors favor “making it easier to terminate unmotivated or incompetent teachers – even if they are tenured.”
  13. Teacher tenure may benefit some teachers, but does nothing to promote the education of children. Former DC Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee said, “Tenure is the holy grail of teacher unions, but it has no educational value for kids; it only benefits adults.”
  14. Teacher tenure requires schools to make long-term spending commitments and prevents districts from being fiscally flexible. Teacher employment contracts generally lack provisions for declining enrollment and economic turmoil.
  15. Public Agenda President Deborah Wadsworth argues that because senior teachers will choose to teach more resource-rich and less challenging populations instead of the classrooms that would benefit the most from experienced teachers, teacher tenure leads to “a distribution of talent that is flawed and inequitable.”
  16. School board presidents believe that teacher tenure makes it more difficult to improve education. In an Oct. 1, 2006 survey, 91% of school board presidents either agreed or strongly agreed that tenure impedes the dismissal of underperforming teachers. 60% also believed that tenure does not promote fair evaluations.

Largely taken from Teacher Tenure Pro/Con (with some creative liberties).

 

Since 1940 (or so) hot dogs have been sold 10 to a pack per the folks at Hot Dog City. It seems to me this has provided ample time for folks to get it right.

Talk about “forest and trees” – six sigma experts will show manufactures of buns how not to waste product and extract efficiencies at every corner, but who is asking them the question – the elephant in the room….

Why are you producing packages of 8 or 12 buns…not 10?

Or maybe its the makers of wieners…they should be making 8 or 12 wieners to a package. Regardless, it seems to me there has been ample time to figure this all out…

That said, no one has pushed this issue with makers of hot dogs and buns.

Remember this is no small affair… Americans eat 350 million pounds of hot dogs each year…the Council estimates Americans consume 20 billion hot dogs a year…That works out to about 70 hot dogs per person each year.

There is an embedded 20% waste factor if you were to throw away every dog without a corresponding bun…assuming folks eat some on a stand alone basis…you could still assume a waste factor of 5%-10%…this would equate to 7 million dogs wasted each year!

As my son asked, can we not figure this out?

Be sure to take the poll!!!

 

Formulaic driven salary schedule…this combined with tenure is a disaster!!!!!!!!

One axis is tenure, on the other credits…we pay for tenure and credits…none of which are tied to the outcomes we are looking for – namely, quality teaching….INHERENTLY FLAWED…..

 

Michael Bloomberg, MBA, Mayor of New York City, was quoted in the Sep. 27, 2010 transcript “Remarks of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg at NBC News’ ‘Education Nation’ Summit,” available at schools.nyc.gov:

“We’ll do more to support teachers and reward great teaching – and that includes ending tenure as we know it so that tenure is awarded for performance, not taken for granted.

Teachers and principals are professionals. They deserve to be paid like professionals, treated like professionals, and evaluated like professionals. But for too long, the tenure evaluation process for both principals and teachers has been a formality – a rubber stamp. It used to be that 99.1 percent of teachers received tenure. That’s right, 99.1 percent. But last year, we started using data to make tenure decisions, and the tenure number dropped to 89 percent. For the other 11 percent, they were just not ready to receive a lifetime job protection…

It’s time for us to end the ‘last-in, first out’ layoff policy that puts children at risk here in New York – and across our wonderful country. With more budget cuts looming, principals across the country will have no choice but to make layoffs based only on seniority – so their newest teachers would be the first ones to go, even if they happen to be the best teachers. That makes no sense. Remember our one and only question: is it good for children?”

Sep. 27, 2010 – Michael Bloomberg, MBA

 

Just when you need help the most….your loan gets transferred to a new servicer…frustrating!

 

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