You may recall an earlier post in which I said, and I quote...
There must be a message in seven years of fruitlessly beating my head against the walls INside my edschool. But maybe the message is not, "These people cannot or will not change. They are simply hopeless." Maybe the message is for....Professor Plum!
"Hey, Stupid! Let it GO! This is not about YOU and your WILL. It's about the KIDS. I'm trying to tell you to TALK TO SOMEONE ELSE! Do I have to smite your sorry ass?"
In other words, Professor Plum has been as intransigent in fighting ("I'll hound them 'till they change.") and therefore just as wasteful of resources and kids' lives as his collards. And for much the same reason--ego.
Okay, message received. I've been given the chance to do more useful things. Henceforth, I'll do them, and nothing but them, like writing for folks who might benefit from my guff.
I try (occasionally with success) to be a man of my word. Therefore, I have decided to create a regulation website where I can post powerpoints, word documents, and video and audio (if I can figure out how) that might be of use to teachers, administrators, ed students, the public in general, critics of diseducation, and of course you. Stuff on how to teach (esp. reading, history, logic, and text comprehension in general), how to design and evaluate instruction, how to distinguish fads and other nonsense from sound ideas and methods, how to educate kids with disabilities.
To be honest, guys, I have run out of rants. I've said it all. I am beginning to repeat myself. The last thing I want (aside from a sharp stick in the eye or a fridge devoid of beer) is to bore youse. We have, figuratively, kicked the living $#@T out of the eduhacks. Perhaps it's time to offer solid alternatives--something that removes their reason for living--which I hope to do.
Regarding reports on day to day matters in edland, there are far better commentators than I--many on my bog roll. It makes no sense for me to read them and then report on what THEY say. [How stupid is that!]
I will get a webhost that offers all sorts of stuff including a blog.
I hope we continue to communicate. In fact, I would like to have a website where likeminded folks work together, asking questions and generating solutions.
It would be neat to develop an EFFECTIVE and SANE alternative to ed schools right here on the internet, much as Rory Donaldson has done...
The new site will be up in a day or so. I'll let you know. Till then, check this guy if you've a mind to. He's almost as demented as I am...