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Our Teachers Fucked Us Up. Royally

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Jan. 28th, 2006 | 12:57 am
Theme of the Day: apatheticapathetic
Backround Noise: Computer Hum

I'm sitting here at my desk by the really cold wall in my room and I'm seriously starting to think that our teachers fucked us up.

I am completely uninspired, I have no desire to listen to authority, I DESPISE having to work with it, I hate doing work, I want things handed to me on a silver platter, and above all else at times I am completely devoid of an independent thought.

Now, I know that you are wondering how on earth this correlates to my teachers. Here's the deal. My mother never did group work in school. You sat down, shut up and listened to the teacher. You did your work, you got your marks and life went on. Now, my mom is pretty normal. If I had solely been under the tutelage of my mother I would not be the things I listed in the previous paragraph. It is because of my mother that I am not sitting on welfare playing video games.

I BLAME all of this on the EXCEEDING amounts of group work that we did in school. The new wave of the 1980's (and we're still suffering the effects, trust me) was "Let the students create their own learning". Which is basically teachers saying "We're tired and we don't want to teach anymore". Group work taught me 4 things

1)No idea is a good idea if it comes from someone independently
2)Only the popular, pretty people are listened to
3)The somewhat intelligent yet non popular types get stuck doing all the work
4)You only get the partial credit

If you think about it....that's exactly how society exists today.

I want to go back to the good old days. I want to be able to teach history from a lecturn and GODDAMNIT those kids are going to FUCKING know that material or GOD HELP THEM!! I want to be able to conduct a band with my baton in one hand and the STRAP in the other. If you won't respect me then you are going to fear me.

Okay...that's a little harsh I'll admit. But for crying out loud people! I'm in education and I think half of what I'm being taught to teach others is bullshit. Why do I have to do oral presentations on teaching methods? Wasn't my internship ONE BIG FUCKING ORAL PRESENTATION ON TEACHING METHODS?!! I hated having to deal with administration, and I hate having to deal with profs. I don't want to do anymore assignments, because now I am starting to see the college as one big joke.

Group work man. Group work is the devil.

I think that's why I like band. Band is a communist regime. Everyone is equal, because without everyone the group as a whole suffers. Thoughts and opinions are welcome, but in the end the conductor has the final say. What I really like about band as the communist regime is that the conductor/teacher has the ABSOLUTE FINAL say on what goes. Everyone has to follow him (or her). The conductor tells you if you suck, if it's right, if it's not, and occasionally when you are doing a good job. The conductor has the right to tell when to get the fuck out, when to shut the hell up, and when to tell you not come back. Ever.

But I will never have sectionals unless I am running them or someone other than a section leader is running them. Sectionals run by peers constitues group work. And group work is the devil.

Remember that.

However, I will conceed defeat and acknowledge that group work has its place.

But I promise never to inflict it more than twice a semester on my students.

From the editor's desk
Goodnight and Good Luck.

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