Paging through my feeds in GoogleReader--a moment of lucidity amidst the sinus drain/coughing illness that has plagued my days and nights--it occurred to me how much scorn we bloggers have collectively heaped upon an uncaring world. Forgive me for looking up scorn in the dictionary:
I also noticed the contemptuous speech in a public debate between colleagues arguing opposing viewpoints aimed at achieving the same goal--a quality education for our children, a vibrant ecology for teachers, students, and parents involved in teaching, learning and leading. At first, I thought I was the only one to witness the scorn in the conversation, but then others brought it to my attention in conversation. "What was that person thinking?"
The truth is, what am *I* thinking? I haven't done it yet because the idea just occurred to me today while skimming blog RSS feeds, but I shudder to dig the beam of wood out of my own eye when these splinters are so visible:
We seem to be stuck … arguing over which factory-age solutions we should try without fully understanding the implications of the context we are in and the new functions we need education to perform. (Source: Trace Pickering as cited in Dangerously Irrelevant blog entry)
Except for the fact that the education policies of the Obama administration don’t allow for “tinkering”, and certainly there’s precious little room for dreaming. For the vast majority of students in this country, the instructional emphasis is on learning to get the right answer on the standardized test. Period. (Source: Tim Stahmer, Assorted Stuff Blog)
Change is not, I repeat, not imminent in the schools in your area. Wide-scale improvements, especially originating from within the schools themselves, I guarantee are impossible. Despite the wishful thinking in teacher and administrative preperation programs, professional journals, and educational conferences; despite the amount of money pumped into teacher training; and despite the seeming unhappiness of politicians and the public, your schools will remain unchanged into the foreseeable future (and I can see a very long way) with any differences being cosmetic only. (Source: Doug Johnson, Blue Skunk Blog)
These are only a few of the rich examples available to us online...the blog entries are worth reading in context and in full. All show some disdain for the way things are today, whether it's federal, state, or local educational agency that's providing the leadership.
My favorite scornful comment came today via tweet in response to a link to the Dangerously Irrelevant blog entry cited above:
Perhaps, I need to find a new way for bringing about change in schools today. Shall I lay aside my scorn? Ah, an old story comes to mind that I must remember to apply to my own life: