City schools could be improved overnight [Letter]

Your editorial concerning Baltimore's scores in the latest National Assessment of Education Progress states that "no one should have the illusion that the city schools can be turned around overnight" ("Disappointing marks," Dec. 20).

Why not? Simply do away with the tenure system and the unionism. Give a teacher an incentive to do better. The way it seems now, if a student doesn't do well under a teacher's guidance, it's "no skin off his back." He gets the same pay whether the student learns anything or not. If the teacher is there to get the most pay he can get, give him the means to do so, individually, and that's not by unionizing together and demanding more money.

Teachers need an incentive or profit motive — an essential reason to do better — and that can be done "overnight."

George B. Wroe, Glyndon

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