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March 29, 2006

But, it isn't our fault!

So, students aren't prepared for college?

Blame the school boards! Not the teachers, and ESPECIALLY not the teachers who are products of education schools, those fine institutions of pedagogical research that have IN NO WAY affected curricula across the country.

Boys not performing? Surely it has nothing to do with the 20 years of changing teaching methods to favor girls, and even if it does, well, the education schools didn't do that! Much! Really...

Seriously. Broken homes effect scholarship? Sure. Colleges admitting students who they figure will wash out in order to get that first year's or semester's tuition? Yeah. High school teachers underpaid? I'm down with that, though given Hublet's profession and my unrealistic dreams of glassed-in bookshelves and leather armchairs for a study in a larger home I could be biased.

But you don't get to have it both ways--touting your educational research but not accepting blame for the goofier stuff that happens in the classrooms, like putting the kibosh on marking papers in red pen for "self-esteem reasons." 'Cause that just sounds like whining.

Posted by Big Arm Woman at March 29, 2006 10:47 AM

Broken homes *effect* scholarship? Au contraire!

Posted by: PersonFromPorlock at March 29, 2006 08:12 PM

Yeah, and too much caffeine also has the effect of exposing my grammar affectations, or something to that effect. ;)

Posted by: BAW at March 30, 2006 10:34 AM

High school teachers underpaid? I'm down with that...

It's not the money, it's the working conditions. As in, "You couldn't pay me enough to do that job."

Point in evidence: Librarians have very little expectation of making as much as high school teachers do (and that's aside from the bennies), but they have no trouble attracting qualified students.

Posted by: Carbonel at March 31, 2006 11:24 PM