The attack against teacher working conditions is heating up. Maybe this is what explains why a leader of a teacher union finally did a decent job defending us against the attacks. Dennis Van Roekel performed well in this NY Times article, defending teacher tenure as a basic right of protection against arbitrary dismissal. Maybe I haven't seen enough performances of the top brass, but Randi Weingarten's performance on Bill Maher's Real Time during the Central Falls debacle was abysmal. Back to the article, the claim by opponents of tenure that only bad teachers have an interest in tenure is beyond absurd.