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Education as I see it at Waukesha West and the world...

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Why do I Read Comments?????

We have all done and article on any of the major internet news sites and what do you see at the end of the artcile......................the dreaded reader comments.

One one hand, the internet is an amazing forum to express ones first amendment rights.  Web 2.0 capablities have given people a voice that were at one time not heard.  It is a great evolution in communication.  It is a great expression and can spur amazing dialogue and discussion.


People/Readers/Commentators think they can say anything and hide behind an anonymous post.  And while I agree with their first amendment rights....I question the basis in which they make comments. Here is an article from the Huffinton Post on 6/14.  The following was a comment about the flipped classroom:

     Since the computers are now "teaching the students" and the teachers are essentially      
     becoming facilitators or babysitters, I don't think they should be receiving high salaries.
     I'd expect to pay teachers who teach the class a higher salary than one who just facilitates. 

There could not be a comment more further from the truth.  I teach MORE with a flipped classroom.  I work with my students individualizing in a one to one format on a daily basis.  I cannot get more exhausting than that!

Just becuase someone stands in front of a classroom and lectures does not mean they are teaching.  

Just becuase someone gives a multiple choice test does not mean they are teaching. 

Lecturing IS babysitting. 

Using the old factory model of schooling is babysitting. 

Denying that students live in a different world and trying to educate them with a square peg and round hole IS educational malpractice. 

I will, however, stake claim to the title of facilitator.  If I were a teacher that "just facilitates", then I would be doing the most important job that a teacher holds, requiring students to think...I'll do that all day!

If computers can teach students well then I will be the first in line to find a new profession...............

I am not a person that leaves comments on news stories.  But I am one that needs to ignore keep my own sanity.