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Should high school students be able to vote to fire teachers per year?

Asked by: DTPhenom
  • Yes, why not?

    If students think that their teachers aren't good enough, then it fair because if the teachers aren't teaching ok, how can principals know that, and this method will be the only way, or if the teachers play or does not give class how it should, it could be a good alternative

  • Yes We Should

    When a teacher is in a classroom with their students they could be a completely different person when talking to other staff members. Students should be able to have a say in who teaches them since they are the people who are going to be stuck with them for countless hours.

  • Students have the most knowledge

    Some teachers are vastly disliked by students. Some for being unfair, some for being plain mean, some for being rude, some for being violent, and often, they do these things discreetly, so principals and their superiors have no idea. The people who suffer the most and the people who are affected are the students, which is why students should be able to vote. If students aren't allowed to vote for their teachers, then why are we allowed to vote for our Prime Minister/President?

    In addition, this would increase pressure and raise teachers behaviour to the maximum it could be. The majority of them need their jobs, and would then try their hardest to keep it. Implanting this rule would increase pressure on teachers.

  • Teachers r assholes

    Teachers have no life and they cant afford their kids phone.Now their kids hate them.Most of them are divorced and no one ;fucking loves them and the kill them selves.We get them paid.Them can go eat crap cause thats what they eat.Crap crap crap mom nol nothave a life teachers

  • Teachers r assholes

    Teachers have no life and they cant afford their kids phone.Now their kids hate them.Most of them are divorced and no one ;fucking loves them and the kill them selves.We get them paid.Them can go eat crap cause thats what they eat.Crap crap crap mom nol nothave a life teachers

  • Ye we should change the status quo

    Increasing the amount pressure on the teachers by requiring them to perform to the students expectations as well as the administrations can only boost the quality of the classroom by forming a more direct link between teachers and their students achievement and well being at school.

    While I acknowledge that this system could be abused, weighing up both the positives and the negatives we can assume that weeding out certain unsatisfactory teachers quickly rather than waiting for the system to show their students failing is a necessity, in comparison to the fear of a student kicking out a satisfactory teacher, the chance of which in any case is small.

  • Teachers should follow rules, too

    When students goes to school, (especially a public one) they have a very small amount of freedom. And getting a teacher they like is usually good luck. Listening all day to a lecture of how to be a certain way from a teacher almost always causes more conflict than before.
    Many teachers understand the different learning styles of students, their needs, their situations, etc., but don’t follow through because they don’t have to. Getting away with being a bad teacher is common, because it is very difficult to get the attention of a school district and to fire one.
    Of course it should't be extremely easy for students to vote out a teacher, (one of the reasons why America has an electoral college and is not a true democracy) but students should definitely have a say on what they want.
    Most pupils being taught enjoy a teacher that gets them, one that can be nice, and one to not get angry over them for not understanding.
    When kids start getting blamed for not paying attention, joking in class, breaking the rules, whatever- it is never their fault. They’re what the world is raising them to be, and being in school is a large part of that. Losing interest is usually caused by miscommunication and past experience with teachers. Instead being punished, maybe having a voice would change that.
    If a teacher were to know that they had a stronger chance of being fired, they would probably try to change their behavior, work for their students more, and communicate.
    In this system, students could tell a teacher what they don't like. They could work out their problems, compromise, and maybe have the help of another teacher/authority in the school with an unbiased opinion, one that wouldn't take any side. If a teacher were to still not listen, (after conversing to the student and other authorities several times) the student could write down the situation and turn it into the front office/district. Other students could choose to read about the situation, without knowing who the teacher and student were. If the school had a large record of complaints about the teacher, they could give a few warnings and show reports to the teacher of how the students didn’t like to be treated. If after all this happened and the teacher still didn’t listen, then the students wishing to participate in the vote could read about all the situations and decide. If a certain percentage (maybe 60%-90%) wanted the teacher out, a report could be given to the district, where many could judge the teacher based on the situation compared to how a teacher should be teaching. The ridiculous complaints would be ignored by the district, where the serious ones could be taken to more concern.
    In the end, a teacher would rarely get fired, but try harder to be better. In many other jobs, an employee must keep up good work and follow rules. So why can’t teachers follow some as well?

  • Yes they should

    Students should be able to have a say in something at school and decide who teaches them. If the kids don´t like the teacher they will refuse to listen and will not learn anything. I think that if the kids think the teacher wont teach anything then the student should be able to speak up and say that

  • Yes, they should.

    Let me get my point clear: I'm not saying that teachers should be fired on the whim of a couple high school students who think that a given teacher is lazy, gives too much homework, or uses too much perfume. As a high school student, I know how teenagers are; they can like a teacher one day, and be complaining about them the next.

    But I do believe high schoolers are most aware of a teacher's flaws, and other traits which prevent teachers from fully making use of the students' time. I believe there should be an anonymous survey in where students can rant/complain/praise teachers. And if a teacher stands out (whether it be that they're great or terrible), the school admin should investigate further.

    If the school admin deems that the teacher is inadequate, they should fire them.

    Nobody knows the teachers like the students do.

  • Most definitely not!

    Many people would be without jobs. Besides, there will be bias and hate based on grades or personality. There will also be limited basis on what teachers teach. This may also bring in less income for people, and finally crashing their careers, finally destroying the life they've worked so hard for. PLEASE, no.

  • This idea likely wouldn't work out.

    The problem with the students carrying out the decision-making regarding their teachers is their maturity and mindset. There's a good reason why people can't vote until the age 18, the reason being kids under 18 won't have the ability to rationally think and make important decisions properly until their brain matures around that age. While I personally think it would be a great idea for the students to point out the teacher's flaws for them to address themselves, I find it to be a worse idea to have the students vote whether a teacher should be fired or not. It's one thing when the students would fire a lousy teacher who doesn't give much homework and tests, but it's another completely different thing when the students would fire a hard-working, influential teacher who pushes to shape the students into successful adults. I simply believe that students won't be able to make the right decisions at a young age if they're making a decision as important as whether a teacher should stay or go.

  • No we shouldn't

    Even though I think students should be able to have a say in their teachers I don't think they should be able to decide whether or not they have a job. Students voting will lead to teachers who are actually doing their job and giving their students work getting fired while teachers who let their students do what ever they want and giving them minimum work will stay.

  • Not a good idea.

    There's a reason why kids under the age of 18 aren't allowed to vote; They're not yet capable of making rational decisions, and allowing kids who are that young to make such important decisions could backfire, in a rather bad way. A girl I went to school with cost a bus driver her job by writing a letter to the bus company to complain about his driving too fast.

    Posted by: mplo
  • That would just be a bad idea.

    I am a student and I have some teachers here who do a really good job teaching. The problem is that some of the students hate that teacher. It wouldn't be because that teacher did a horrible job or that the teacher specifically targets them. It is because they don't want to work hard. They also talk about things that don't relate to the topic, the teacher says no talking, and the students get mad.

  • Ye we should change the status quo

    Increasing the amount pressure on the teachers by requiring them to perform to the students expectations as well as the administrations can only boost the quality of the classroom by forming a more direct link between teachers and their students achievement and well being at school.

    While I acknowledge that this system could be abused, weighing up both the positives and the negatives we can assume that weeding out certain unsatisfactory teachers quickly rather than waiting for the system to show their students failing is a necessity, in comparison to the fear of a student kicking out a satisfactory teacher, the chance of which in any case is small.

  • There is no argument for the change in the status quo.

    The entirety of the argument for the implementation of such a policy implies that teachers are currently somehow under not enough pressure to act to the best of their ability, and that somehow, the addition of a redundant and quite frankly idiotic policy would somehow 'force' the teachers to act in a better manner.

    Quite frankly, this idea is a fallacy. This idea, like performance-based pay for teachers, has no grounding in reality; indeed, a study by the OECD shows no link between performance based pay, a similar 'additional pressure' method, and improvement in teaching quality. Instead, such a measure will simply narrow teaching into a method of preparing students for examinations, and not actually teaching.

    Furthermore, this system has one, fundamental flaw : it is open to abuse. You and your friends just don't like a teacher? Fired. It is as simple as the age-old practice of not mixing politics with education : it simply will not work.

    While the other side will portray this measure as a simple way to improve student-teacher relations, the facts are simple; this is a destructive policy with very real, massive impacts on teachers and students alike.

  • Very ridiculous idea

    This is very ridiculous. A teacher could be very good and talented but a couple of shyster students could just kick he/she out? There is a huge possibility that students would just vote for he/she to gt fired if they don't like the teacher. Kids are required to go to school, its not their decision. Its the schools.

  • No No NO

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  • Democracy for Both Parties: Either Both Parties Are able to Vote, or none at all.

    If students should have a say in who teaches them, a rather decent idea, in my opinion, it should only make sense that the opposite is also true; teachers vote on which students may participate in their class.

    Those believing that teachers are the sole disposition, resulting in poor retention of material among students or a disengaged class, for example, are falsely guided by slanted opinions.

    Justice must be enabled on both ends of the teaching environment, as the teaching process is a function of student-teacher and teacher-student relationship.

    Students can, and empirically have shown to be, a primary reason in why some teachers have been unable to perform optimally.

    With that being said, unless teachers have the same democratic liberties as students, students should not be able to fire teachers.

    Student at University of Southern California, Class of 2019


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