I understand the goal of academic tenure, which is that teachers should be fired or penalized merely because their views in the classroom are controversial. Part of the educational process is to present students with competing views and to encourage discussion, so that the learning opportunities increase.
But modern day academic tenure goes far beyond that. There are excessively long notice periods required, complicated procedural devices, and other obstacles to terminating the services of professors who are incompetent.
The teacher unions stand up for idiots like that woman professor in Fresno, who blackened the memory of Barbara Bush after she died. When Bethune Cookman University in Daytona Beach tried to deal with faculty accused of sexual misconduct, it was censured by AAUP, the teacher union.
Since the criterion for awarding tenure is influenced heavily by the teacher's publication record, the teacher may neglect classroom duties, to the detriment of students. Also given the seven-year trial period for tenure track teachers, a young professor, who is most like to have controversial ideas, dare not mention them, or else he will never get tenure. When he does get tenure, he may have lost his enthusiasm for change. Finally, there are other occupations and professions in which discharge or penalty should occur only for cause.
Teachers should not be the privileged few. How did they, alone among the professions, manage to get this special protection?