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“I don’t care if people hate my guts; I assume most of them do. The important question is whether they are in a position to do anything about it.”

 

I love this quote.

Many people have an irrational fear of talking heads.

Our current State Government in NY is overloaded with them, both at the legislative level, the Executive Branch and State Education Department.

The current education reform movement, which is aided and abetted by aforementioned talking heads and driven by corporate greed (Pearson Corporation, Rupert Murdoch, etc.) would have us believe they are going to take us to the promised land if we just follow them, albeit blindly.

I call bullshit. They’re testing and assessment reforms have not been tested or proven.

I will not follow blindly and be another lemming as many of my colleagues are.

After all, it’s not 1938, is it?

Until I get proof otherwise they can hate my guts.

but I’ve exhausted that. Now it’s about education and the rape by Corporate America. Here’s my latest thoughts.

The thoughts and ramblings of a 27 year veteran teacher (that’s me.)

Common Core Standards vs. Traditional Teaching (Whatever that is). The river a mile wide and and an inch deep is one of David Colemans mantras against traditional teaching. Too much time spent on too much information I guess. So spend an inordinate amount of time on one subject is his solution. This year, if a 5th grade teacher followed the NY Envisions webisite and got sucked into their modules, it was 2 or 3 months on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Yup, 5th grade. My two colleagues who are rookies, had to buy in, me with 27 years said let’s wait and see. Thank God for tenure. They both did a great job with the modules, but at what expense? We teach ELA and math and that’s about it. Pure history about the U.S. is thrown aside and science as experimentation never happens. It’s all about the F’in test.
That’s all I hear. It makes me sick. Kids deserve better. I could go in to the number of days I spend assessing and then correcting, but that’s another post for another day, leave it at 13 days last year.