The issue of tenure for teachers has always bothered me. I think that teachers comprise the backbone of our society-- developing children into students, students into learners, and learners into scholars (though it doesn't always get that far). The problem that I've seen, though, is that the tenure laws are so tight that teachers have much freedom and it takes a lot to get them fired even if they are irresponsible, lousy, and lazy. While I think tenure is good because I believe in job security, I think that the requirements to achieve it should be strenghthened and those who are tenured should be evaluated appropriately to make sure they are on top of their jobs. I say this because I had quite a few teachers who were irresponsible and lazy with little work ethic in HS and they were all tenured.