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Had a really stimulating discussion with @ToughLoveforX on Twitter yesterday about the Rhode Island situation where teachers have been threatened with dismissal for not agreeing to management measures.

This sort of issue automatically produces a management/workers argument and like most arguments, it's pretty hard to make it black or white.

It would be interesting to explore this further as @ToughLoveforX suggested, so I'm posting this in the hope of widening the debate. This is clearly a topic where we are not going to get a consensus, but smacking the ball back and forwards a bit might help for both sides to gain an insight.

I'd really like to hear people's views (and I'm off to get my tin helmet!)

Olaf

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What an interesting argument.  So many questions going through my head.  I would think that any school where imposed changes are met with enough opposition to warrant talk of dismissal has bigger problems than policy change.  The deeper issue here is that its seems like there is a complete lack of relationship building and development and collaborative practice.  What do the leaders in the school say?  What kind of lead up to an imposed change was there?  What kind of discussion and collaboration was there.  Did and do the teachers feel valued.  Has past practice promoted and fostered a mutually respectful dialogue.  Just some thoughts.

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