First of all, it must be noted here that most teachers are good or excellent. If such teachers are perceived to be bad, it is mostly the result of poor study skills by the student and not the fault of the teacher. That said, even the best teachers have bad moments.
But some teachers are simply bad. Whether it is because they write poor questions, give bad lectures, have poor control of students, or are simply unfair, they are a problem that must be dealt with.
Unfortunately, once a teacher develops tenure it's nearly impossible to get rid of them. So what is tenure?
According to the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), Tenure is defined as...
"...an arrangement whereby faculty members, after successful completion of a period of probationary service, can be dismissed only for adequate cause or other possible circumstances and only after a hearing before a faculty committee.While surely professors love tenure, I personally believe it's an excuse to keep incompetent teachers. Yet according to the AAUP, it's necessary to "protect academic freedom."
Tenure is usually granted to teachers after a certain amount of time in probation, which in many cases is about five years.
We all know what a good teacher is. So are bad teachers? They are teachers who fail to follow good teaching practice, or who fail to manage a classroom effectively.
When you get a truly bad teacher, what can you do?
I believe the appropriate steps to take in dealing with this type of problem is:
- Study your butt off and know the material upside down and backwards
- Approach the teacher in an appropriate manner to discuss the situation.
- If a problem continues, or you believe the teacher continues to be unreasonable, take it to the next level, which is usually the dean.
- Drop the class (a last resort)