Gross simplifications of terrifically complex issues are best left to cable news commentators, but sometimes they're a lot of fun to join in...
I read Kitchen Table Math, the Sequel because it's informative to see how many intelligent, focused and well-read parents can totally miss the point. But sometimes they drive me crazy:
Independent George boils it down
Is it me, or can the entire philosophy of K-6 education be summarized as:
1. It's not our fault.
2. It's not our problem.
3. We're underfunded.
I'm thinking we should make this our default kitchen table math post on days when everyone's too busy to write something new.
Then there's this:
If kids don't learn math, it's because they're not capable of learning it. And if they enter high school five years behind grade level, then it's up to the parents and the high schools to catch them up. Either way, they need more money so that they can facilitate kids learning on their own.
Catherine - How do you deal with blogs that you recognize in your blogroll, like Dy/Dan and Teaching in the 408 (may it RIP), that specifically and powerfully argue against this idea? Do you think it aids those educators engaged in tackling the excuse-making attitudes of some of our colleagues when you apply this label so generally? Do you think it inspires our nation's talented youth to look to or stay in the classroom for their career when this is the public perception they meet?
The more you blame educators, whether positioned in the classroom or district office, for the failing education system, the more you must recognize that we are the solution. Only a corps of great teachers, inspired to offer their best, can provide the U.S. with the sort of public education system you all dream of on this blog. Instead of a default to untempered criticism, add an ounce of contribution. What are you doing to make that happen?
Here's my "entire philosophy for K-6 education."
1. Fault is for the politicians and academics. I worry and wonder about 5th graders who can't read.
2. It's our problem, whether or not we're equipped, prepared or intended to solve it. The best of us accept that and get to work.
3. We're undermanned, but thus underfunded because it takes money to get people. If you know how to get us experts and professionals on the cheap, make *that* your default post.
So go ahead, give in to temptation to boil it all down to tasteless nothingness. What would your three be?
Carnival of Homeschooling
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