As the end of my tenure year quickly approaches I have spent a lot of time reflecting on the practice of tenure. In Alabama, teachers are tenured after only three years. I have been asking myself a lot of questions- Is three years enough time to effectively evaluate the teaching practices of a person? Is tenure helpful to the education system or does it hurt it and the kids in the long? Don't get me wrong- the idea of being guaranteed a job in my school system bring me a lot of peace of mind. Not having to worry like crazy every time evaluations come up or the last day of school approaches will help me relax (some) and focus on what is important. But maybe the ones that deserve tenure are the ones who don't need its protection? Maybe there are two types of teachers- the ones that fade over time (you know the ones I mean-the ones that don't try as hard or volunteer for as much) and the ones that still get excited about new ideas and student success no matter how long they have been doing it. When it comes down to it, are we protecting the "good" teachers or the "bad" teachers? Is there a happy medium, a way to offer some protection against cut backs but still hold every teacher accountable? Just something to think about! Please feel free to give me your opinions!