Discussion in 'General Education' started by Sarge, May 4, 2012.
May 4, 2012
One size fits all reading instruction. Archaic.
Those look more like teachers' desks. These are teachers confronted with all the overwhelming and stultifying bs generated by the government and the college departments of ed.
I see an empty desk: somebody just couldn't take it any more. Could be Socrates.
It reminds me of the lowest level in Plato's Allegory of the Cave.
Reading is very important in school.
College professors waste time and taxpayer dollars by lecturing straight out of a textbook that he/she wrote and could have put out in e-book form for about $3 while instead taking advantage of very liberal student loan and aid policies that allow them to inflate the cost of books well beyond their reasonable limit and also people like to wear primary colors.
Also that the interaction of effective instruction is gone & people are left to a faceless method to teach them. And it's ironice how the seat smack in the middle couldn't take it anymore, so he/she left, (but not due to not being able to see).
It does look like a collection of teacher desks and the setting seems to be that of a college. So...Teach, Rock, and MsI all sound about right!
Note: Although I found my "faceless" instruction to be effective.
I'd be interested in the source of the cartoon.
Here is an idea. Why not let the VERY best teachers teach classes
in Colleges of Ed. I learned more from my directing teacher during my internship than from most of my classes. People from the real world have a much better grasp of classroom reality than someone insulated by those cliche IVORY towers.............
Teachers having to teach to the test(book) and having so little flexibility to be allowed to be creative, it's like kids learning straight from a text book.
To me it is sending a message that teachers don't really do anything, and that their role can be equated to a dull textbook placed in front of the class to learn from. Whether this mindset is caused by the pressures of standardized testing or people's perception of what it means to teach, who knows.
I think my perception is a bit jaded because recently I had someone use the "well you're just a teacher" argument and I had steam coming out of my ears...
A book is teaching the students, and the teacher's presence is minimal if existing at all.
I found this picuture posted on a political discussion forum. The original post was about how boys are being shortchanged in today's education system.
Here was my response:
It's actually a near literal interpretation of how many classrooms operate these days. Children are given fewer and fewer opportunities to direct their own learning, and teachers are increasingly prohibited from creating or designing their own lessons. The giant book is part of the state adopted curriculum, and provided by the textbook publisher. The idea is that the children are all reading the exact same thing at the exact same time. Our reading curriculum actually uses several "big books" that are held up in front of the class in unison.
It's called "direct instruction" and one of the more recent mandatory buzzwords that teachers are supposed to embrace. When my boss comes in the room, she wants to see all the kids sitting on the floor, reading the same book, perhaps out loud in unison. That book must be part of the adopted reading curriculum. If she came in and all the kids were independently reading books of their own choosing, I'd be accused of wasting class time.
I've known you a while, Sarge...and over our time together here I've reached the conclusion your school is ridiculous. Wow.
So sad, Sarge.
One size fits all.
Excuse the original typographical errors. I was cutting and pasting on my phone.
My school is no more ridiculous than a lot of other California schools since NCLB. I've heard of many that are far worse. I have heard my principal actually say she likes to hear a teacher start a sentence in one room and hear the teacher in the next room finish the same sentence.
The problem is that when Open Court came along, it coincided with a big push to reign in what were (often correctly) percieved as "bad teachers who didn't teach anything." OCR was seen as a way for the district to establish control over what did or did not take place in the classroom. When we adopted our most recent edition (2002) we were told we had to teach the entire program word for word, and we could not suplement it with any other materials.
A few years after that, they began frequent, no-notice observations where P or VP would come with our lesson plans (which had to match the pacing guide) and the teacher's edition. They would sit and follow along in the book as you taught to see how closely you followed the program.
Yes, that is true...I'm sure it's not just your school.
I was thinking of my friend who has to teach out of the textbook. Across the district they are to be on the same page saying the same sentence at the same time on the same day. They don't write any lesson plans, they are written by district administration and distributed to teachers.
The seat in the middle is the teacher who was RIFFed due to the budget being swelled by all the useless, faceless mandates and programs that money is being wasted on.
Apparently your district has taken to heart NCLB. What are they going to do with all the children and schools who don't fit that mold (and, therefore, don't pass the state tests which means the school fails and is closed)?
May 5, 2012
It looks like those dividers they've been having my 3rd grader make to act as blinders while they take their standardized tests..notice that the wall behind the divider is full of windows (of opportunities, to other worlds, other methods of teaching, perhaps?) but the students can't see through the giant book that's in the way. Teaching to the test, blinders in place, and generally overwhelming the student body while they're at it, maybe?
Wow, have to love all of the bitterness in this thread.
Your school sounds a lot like mine, Sarge. I feel your pain.
I agree that it's about a book teaching, with scripted lessons becoming more and more the norm (thank God, not where I teach!). And the empty desk? That child was left behind, of course...