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A few words about ‘Dancing Lemons’

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webmaster | 01/31/14

I applaud the article published in the Madera Tribune, on Jan. 28, regarding teacher tenure.

I have lived in Madera for more than 20 years, my children and grandchildren have participated in MUSD schools, and I have had my share of demanding the rights of my children as well as others.

There is an old saying in the teaching profession called, the “Dance of the Lemons.” This refers to those teachers who are substandard and are ineffective as teachers. The teacher unions protect these terrible teachers with tenure. Once tenure is achieved these “Dancing Lemons” are then transferred, moved around, or as a last resort promoted! So instead of getting rid of this dead driftwood the teacher unions protect them.

So, California residents, there go your tax dollars. We should demand that the good teachers have their teaching restrictions lifted and be allowed to teach, and make the MUSD, principals, vice principals, etc., more responsible, and the only way of doing that is speaking up and demanding that these “Dancing Lemons” be put out of their misery and ours by forcing retirement of these low-performing teachers.

All of you “Dancing Lemons,” you know who you are, and I have a list from past experience. I’m sure that other concerned parents have some “Dancing Lemons” experiences.

Bill Benedix,


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