Ellen Bremen has written a powerful indictment of the entitlement culture rampant among youth. As a high school teacher, I see this same apathy every day and the nanny state of our educational system won’t allow us to truly hold these students accountable for their lack of work ethic. A student’s failure to read or submit assignments, engage in discussion or, often, even hold up his head in class is scapegoated to the teacher who is then indirectly pressured into inflating passing rates for fear of having to explain high failure rates.
When I was a student, cheaters received zeros and that was the end of the story. A colleague of mine is faced with the dilemma of having caught a cheater and being required to give the kid another chance to take the test and replace the zero. While I agree with the concept of content mastery, this student has forfeited the opportunity in this instance and should receive a zero and demonstrate mastery on an additional test rather than a replacement test.
Most often, the head of this hydra are the parents who insists a child has been unfairly treated or disadvantaged in some way. No longer is a teacher’s word trusted. I spend nearly as much time documenting poor and apathetic behavior for future reference as I do preparing lessons.
Does Your Prof Care More than You Do? Will Your Boss?.
Having experienced the death of a spouse from cancer and seeing the dearth of writing and/or video she left behind makes me a huge proponent of this movement for a number of reasons. First, my wife was terrified of what eventually became inevitable and I strongly believe journaling about her day to day experience would have given her not just peace, but also a renewed sense of purpose as she worked to leave behind something meaningful to our children. As it stands, there are a handful of half-written entries, two fragmented attempts at letters to our kids and only sporadic video footage of her last 18 months of life. If you sense a hint of anger in my tone, you aren’t off base; however, my overwhelming emotion these 12 years later is sadness that there aren’t more of her thoughts left behind, particularly when she died in such a media-rich age. Anyway, here’s a great piece on NPR about this matter. Enjoy.
Why More Patients Should Blog About Illness And Death : Shots – Health News : NPR.
As a family who have raised true free-range and organic chickens, it was surprising to me that there is no real meaning behind the words within the poultry industry. Why am I wasting extra money on cage-free or free-range eggs when the chickens are either confined to a tiny sliver of outside space for short periods or simply allowed to roam freely enclosed in one large coop?
Read and decide for yourself before you buy again. Find a local producer if you can. Check with your extension agent or farmer's market.
Cage-Free vs. Free-Range: The Truth Behind Eggs and Confusing Terminology – Houston – Restaurants and Dining – Eating Our Words.
It will be interesting to see if American public schools make any significant strides in this area within my lifetime. Within my own district this is a continuing issue with multiple factors involved. This ongoing discussion at Education Week is worth a look for its numerous perspectives on the issue.
Teaching Ahead: A Roundtable – Can Teaching’s ‘Revolving Door’ Be Stopped? Archives – Education Week Teacher.
Grab and Go: 5 Make-Ahead Lunches to Pack in Jars – via The Kitchn
Once again, The Kitchn has an amazing list of easy to make and store (short-term) lunches on the go for the busy worker. With a recently tightened budget and belt (yay for weightloss!), these five stackables are great. Read more here.
via Grab and Go: 5 Make-Ahead Lunches to Pack in Jars | The Kitchn.
East Texas is known for many things: the piney woods, beautiful lakes, white supremacists, meth dealers and girls name Crystal immediately come to mind. But, apparently, you may soon be able to add butcher knife to that list. Two separate reports detail the use of butcher knives used in recent crimes …keep reading.
Dropbox: A Superb Classroom Tool
Posted by Jennifer Carey on Aug 10, 2012 in The How of 21st Century Teaching, Voices,Web Tools That Deepen Learning | 29 comments
When I mention Dropbox to friends and colleagues, I usually get one of two responses – a knowing smile and nod, or a puzzled and quizzical look. Whether you know what the program is, you have likely heard the name. But really, what is Dropbox?
Dropbox is many things — a multifaceted tool that’s so powerful, you’ll continue to discover new ways to use it. But the short and sweet of it is this: you can use it to store and sync documents…keep reading.