Friday, March 20, 2009

K-12 Topic: Teaching

10-second review: Education does not reside in curriculums or plan books but in the personality of teachers.

Title: “Fight Fungibility.” Charles Weingartner. English Journal (February 1975), 11-12. A publication of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

Summary/Quotes: In the middle of blasting the latest fad in education, behavior objectives, the author said this about teachers:

“A course or a syllabus or a curriculum or a school is not, and cannot be, any better than the people who translate it into a process of human communication. There is no such thing as a ‘good’ course or curriculum or school. There are good people….”

“The persona of the teacher, I am saying, is what is important, not a lot of crap written in a syllabus or a plan book or a manual of objectives. Anyone who is not dead from the neck up or the waist down will readily recognize and not only admit but enthusiastically testify to the fact that their memorable educational experiences are related to people, to teachers who had an impact on them as human beings.”

Comment: Yes, but. The curriculum, objectives and plan books are part of what help a teacher do the job. RayS.

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