Monday, January 26, 2015

If you think... PART 2

If you think that having a large group of teachers, 98% of which are not qualified or capable of analyzing statistics properly, look at test scores for an hour is called "data analysis", I disagree with you.
* Instead, I would call this a huge waste of taxpayers money and a huge waste of the teachers' time.

If you think that having a principal or other administrator talk about a topic they read about or learned at one conference is called "professional development", I disagree.
* Instead, I would call this a "joke" and a huge waste of the teachers' time.

If you think that correcting students by telling them it is "May I go to the bathroom" has a positive Return on Investment, I disagree.
* In terms of grammar +0.25 pts.  In terms of rapport building -100,000 pts.

If you think that making a student who is struggling in school stay in at recess to do homework is a good idea, I disagree with you.
* They most likely dislike school already.  Now they really dislike it.  Also, you are taking away the hour at school that they are engaged in play and probably learn more than they do for the rest of the day.

If you think that an appropriate answer to "Why should we learn this?" is "Because I am the adult and I said so." I disagree with you.
*  You are being a bully.  Students deserve a better answer than this.

New Section. Intended to spark conversation.



Our education system is broken.  Most teachers I talk to agree.  It is admirable to stick with it and help the 30 students in your classroom.  This isn't the solution, however.

It is not a good idea to buy dogs from a puppy mill.  Why?  Some would say that it is good because you are "rescuing the dogs".  I disagree.  By purchasing these dogs, we are perpetuating the puppy mill to continue.  If they sell dogs, there is more reason to breed more.  

If you stay in the broken classroom, without fighting hard for change each day, you are perpetuating a broken system of education.  Why would it change?  There is a lot of rumble about reform, but not a lot of action..... and so a 100 year old, outdated system, continues on.

Do something.  What you are doing is not enough.


Please engage in the discussion. I would love to hear what you have to say!