If you have not already done so, you may wish to read the
Introduction to Gnomica.
Tuesday 31 July 2012
Read gnomica 1-50 here!
“In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice.
Then he made school boards.”
Mark Twain (30 Nov 1835 – 21 Apr 1910)
Or He made university Schools of Education! Whither the nation’s very best and brightest students, the next generation of teachers, invariably flock.
Mark Twain – you gotta love him! A guy ahead of his times here as elsewhere.
Why, just yesterday (Monday 30 July 2012) the New York Times ran an article entitled (in the print edition) “Certifying Teachers, More by How They Teach Than How They Test.” (How about “by What They Know”?) One can imagine the fallout: more oversight boards, grant requests, committee studies, roving ‘examiners’, reports, conferences, recaps, analyses … all the usual dreary suspects. But this time, of course, ‘they’ are at last — I am entirely confident – going to get it right, “… de-emphasizing tests and written essays in favor of a more rigorous approach that requires aspiring teachers to prove themselves through lesson plans, homework assignments and videotaped instruction sessions.” One “professor of practice” [sic ?] at Stanford University helpfully explains that all of this is “analogous to authentic assessments in other professions, in nursing, in medical residencies, in architecture”. As for myself, I entirely fail to see this useful analogy — but then again, what can you expect: after all, I was educated during the Pleistocene epoch of educational theory.
It is truly the terrifying but triumphant transformation of that ugly dying pupa of what little remains of any actual education into the gaudy glorious butterfly of meta-education to flit and flutter free about our fair land.
I hold my breath in expectant hopes for the ‘outcomes’ assessments to follow!
Now, let’s see here.
Let’s back up just a bit!
Presumably it is because education is in such sorry shape in the country that the new dispensation worked out by the country’s bloated Schools of Education is to be ‘implemented’.
Why is education in such sorry shape in the country?
After all, the current catastrophe that now must be ‘fixed’ has, after much previous study and publishing and conferencing and so forth by the country’s bloated Schools of Education, been overseen and ‘implemented’ by the country’s bloated Schools of Education. And now the country’s bloated Schools of Education are going finally to solve the problem they have created. Again.
Yeah, sure thing.
You go, baby!