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Sunday, October 31, 2004

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Engineer-Poet

If the URL won't fit, tinyurl.com is your friend.

(typepad.com is NOT my friend. It strips HTML codes for italics in comments, does not support the most common alternative AND offers no link to what it DOES support! That's even worse than blogspot.)

FaithSmith

It’s nice to meet you Professor Plum. I was hoping you’d introduce yourself to the readers.

I’m looking forward to your discourse about Reading Recovery.

Tara

Do you want to hear something that will make you sick??? I taught second grade for 5 years, after earning my ed degree with a SPECIALIZATION in reading, and am now in grad school in education (specialization? reading curriculum) and I have NEVER, EVER heard of Project Follow-Through. Something tells me I might be getting a better graduate education if I had... my classes are taught by the "perfessers" who want me to absorb their crap and take on their jobs someday (well, one job..I presume they know I can only replace one of them.) How do they expect me to teach future teachers without knowing this information?

Tara

Do you want to hear something that will make you sick??? I taught second grade for 5 years, after earning my ed degree with a SPECIALIZATION in reading, and am now in grad school in education (specialization? reading curriculum) and I have NEVER, EVER heard of Project Follow-Through. Something tells me I might be getting a better graduate education if I had... my classes are taught by the "perfessers" who want me to absorb their crap and take on their jobs someday (well, one job..I presume they know I can only replace one of them.) How do they expect me to teach future teachers without knowing this information?

Prof Plum

I hate to sound excessively harsh, Tara, but they don't really think much about how well you teach future teachers.

They live in a dreamworld. They believe that their words (authentic, wholistic, construct) actually refer to something. They presume that their propositions ("Give kids a literature rich environment and in their own good time they will learn to read.") are true. Their shared symbol world is as close to a delusional system as you can find outside of Louie and Mel's Home for the Unmedicated, and Marine Salvage.

Unlike most of us who receive aversive consequence for being meatheads ("Lemme just light this match and see if there's any gas in the tank."), ed perfessers receive no adverse consequences for failing to teach anything useful or truthful

1. Students never tell them, "Hey, you taugtht us NUTHin! I feel like a dope trying to teach reading."

2. Families do not write to deans and say, "We got a hundred families whose kids are as ignorant as a sack of hammers because YOUR graduates don't know how to teach! Now FIX it."

3. School districts don't say, "Sorry, but we're not hiring your graduates. They can't teach."

4. Ed perfessers hide behind certification by organizations such as National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. Once they get the five-year approval, you can say anything you want. They'll just reply, "Ha Ha on you! NCATE says we are just fine."

Just start a letter writing campaign from enough "stakeholders" and watch it change real quick.

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