Education is one of the most intriguing professions in existence. It is an endeavor that assumes explicitly that it is possible to organize information into logical pieces and get people to absorb those pieces in order so that they might become better thinkers than the previous generation.
If you stop to think about this supposition for a minute, it is really quite an incredible leap of faith. I can only speak for the few random bits in my own mind of course, but I think that I’ve established pretty well that they are not organized into any kind of sense. In fact any effort on my part to organize my thoughts only serves to scatter them further and I’ll find some of them later stuck in a bit of ear wax.
The particular incarnation of education I find most interesting is right here at the Crypt of the Craptacular. Our approach to educational innovation is rather like my method of discovering if the spaghetti sauce is done; throw it against the wall and see if it sticks. It has been nearly 4 weeks since we’ve changed the Academic Blitz schedule (a mandatory remediation period for failing students) and the students are just now almost able to make sense of things, so clearly it is time to change things up again. I know that some of you may think it is foolish to continuously change a program before anyone has a good handle on it or before any substantial feedback can be gathered, but to those people I say thank the gods you aren’t an educational professional! True professionals know that it is possible to know the results of any program merely from hearing about it third hand; there is no actual need to actually TRY anything to see if it’ll work!
Beyond that it is of vital importance that we keep our students guessing; how else can they be expected to pass the state tests?
As an aside: I would like to thank our Fearless Leaders for informing the National Boards candidates in no uncertain terms that our scores will be posted for our perusal no later than Friday, unless of course they aren’t posted until Dec. 31st. Here is the actual excerpt from the email.
Traditionally, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) has released scores on the Friday before Thanksgiving. However, the NBPTS does reserve the right to release scores as late as December 31, 2010.
In case you were wondering, that is the single clearest idea that these people have ever produced in their history. Of course this email does absolutely nothing for anyone, as long as you’re not counting the growing sense of impending rejection and humiliation that I’m sure every candidate is feeling at this very moment. Since we’re due to change things around at this school anyway, isn’t it time to rethink the policies concerning teachers having a drink at lunch?