As featured on BBC Scotland's Reporting Scotland last night (04:08), Brian McAlinden, a former headteacher who is now part of the Scottish Government's working party on attainment, told MSPs that teachers and headteachers should be on fixed-term, five year contracts.
The programme used the analogy of football, with reference to "leagues" and "performance", but teachers aren't footballers, and they're certainly not paid like footballers, even though they are worth more to society. Lord Puttnam described teachers as "the most important people in Britain" because of their role in educating the next generation.
Taking the attitude that teachers are motivated only by fear of losing their jobs is an insult and demeans the profession.
Do you agree with Mr McAlinden that:
"the biggest incentive is that if you know you're coming to the end of your five year stint, and your job's up for re-election, you'll make sure you're up-to-date, you're delivering to the young people"?
Why should teachers be subjected to such a "hire and fire regime"? Why should they be treated in this way when nobody seems to doubt the professionalism of other professionals, such as doctors, nurses, solicitors, advocates, judges, police officers ?
Is the politically motivated and media transmitted disease of teacher bashing spreading from England to Scotland, despite the recent report that found, that: "96 per cent of parents are satisfied or very satisfied with their child's school"?
Does Scotland want to see its teachers suffering job insecurity and damagingly low morale and create a crisis in staff recruitment and retention and, ultimately, a shortage of teachers?
It seems that Brian McAlinden is bidding to become Scotland's Michael Wilshaw.
Does job security of teaching "attract excellent people" or "encourage complacency and a lack of dynamism" (Seonag MacKinnon, BBC Scotland)? Do let us know your views