Michael Winerip of the New York Times has long been an invaluable source of information and perspective about what is happening in education. For whatever reason, the New York Times decided to change his assignment. He no longer writes on education, but on the boomer generation. I ask you, which is more important to the health of our society?

Be that as it may, Winerip’s first boomer column is also about education. He previously wrote about Professor Barbara Madeloni at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, who led a protest against a Pearson-owned teacher evaluation system. Just weeks after his column appeared, Madeloni was informed that her contact would not be renewed. Now Winerip revisits the issue and hopefully the public discussion will persuade the University to revisits its decision to terminate her.

We are reminded, in this case, why tenure matters.