I've been thinking about how many of us view our job as that of employee to our employer (the principal, super, board, etc). This view of our situation is what makes us so easily cowed into teaching scripted curriculums and following all kinds of mandates that we may believe range from boring to teach to bad for student outcomes. Why do we see ourselves this way? Isn't this the true purpose of tenure? Tenure is supposed to protect us from reprisal when we exercise academic freedom. Academic freedom means we work for the students, experimenting and exploring theories to meet the students' needs. Academic freedom is the opposite of what many of us accept: "The Boss says to do it this way, and I value my job, so I do it." The Boss works for Walmart, Intel, Bank of America, etc, but not in our classrooms. We are protected specifically against reprisals for being academically free to teach. Why do we waste it?