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January 24, 2011

Sentence of the Week (So Far)

Lance de Boyle brings it with How to be a progressive ed perfesser @ Jaded Haven
After analyzing the data with a hammer, I and my research assistant —Mandy and Candy––known across campus as the Ever-Ready Twins–– identified factors that strongly predict a successful run as a progressive ed perfesser -- to wit, ensuring that new teachers have no idea what knowledge is; no idea how to design logically coherent instruction; no skill at communicating information; no idea how to build fluency, generalization, and retention (and no idea that these even exist); and little knowledge of any subject -- but heads filled with progressive dogma (“Students must construct their own knowledge”; “Do not use commercial programs, even if these have been tested with thousands of kids. Make up your own materials.”; “You must adapt instruction to your students’ learning styles” [even though there is no such thing]; “America is a racist, sexist, oppressive society. Your job is social justice.”) and treacly platitudes (“All students have a right to read. Sadly, I have no idea how to teach them to read.”).

Posted by Vanderleun at January 24, 2011 2:50 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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