Tuesday, August 01, 2006


A couple of weeks ago, I did a post on The Myth of Laziness by Dr. Mel Levine. I wrote the post while I was reading the first part of the book, and as I said in the post, I was not approaching it with an open mind. Although I said this would be a good book for teachers to read, overall I was very hard on it. I finished the book two or three days after that, and today I have to say, "Dr. Mel, I done you wrong!"

I meant to write this one early last week, but Education Wonks and Ms. Cornelius had posts that got me all fired up, and they sent me spinning off in a different direction. So the fact that it took me that long is all their fault! In any case, the title of the book, The Myth of Laziness, led me to take a very negative approach to the book. I thought, here we go again. Another expert who wants to take away any of the responsibility for poor performance from students and parents and lay it right in the lap of the school. As I read through the early part of the book, I thought my suspicions were being confirmed, but as I read on, I began to change my mind. Dr. Levine expressed real appreciation for teachers and schools who consistently were willing to cooperate with him and try different strategies, and he also showed that he recognized how difficult it is for schools to be able to diagnose and deal with every problem that every student has.

There was one statement I made in my original post that was flat-out wrong. I said, " I shudder at the thought of parents reading this book." I wanted to eat those words when I read Levine's section on family life in Chapter 9. He begins that section by saying, "It is my stubborn contention that schools are supposed to teach kids how to learn and parents are responsible for teaching them how to work." (My emphasis) He then supported that statement with wonderful success stories from families that had done just that.

I still can't buy his basic thesis that laziness is always a myth. Levine discusses internal factors that cause kids to be unwilling to work: lack of motivation, lack of initiative, giving up easily, being easily distracted, and low mental energy. I think it's fair to say that most people associate those things with being lazy. If a student told you that she didn't do the work because she wasn't motivated and had low mental energy, what would you call it?

I also think that Levine's contention that being called lazy is a major blow to a student's self-esteem is questionable. It sure makes him sound like he hasn't been in too many high school classrooms. High school kids see two reasons for not performing well: being dumb or being lazy. I have had very few students who wouldn't prefer being considered lazy, and many kids go out of their way to court that perception. I can't even begin to count the number of kids I've had who have announced before or after a test that "I never even studied!" I want to wring the neck of every student who says this, but they want to make sure that everyone knows that if they do poorly on the test, it's because they're lazy; not because they are dumb, or worse yet (gasp!), that they don't learn "normally."

Overall, though, my disagreements with Levine are minor. After reading the ENTIRE book, I would say without hesitation that it is a great book for teachers AND parents. At least I've learned a lesson from this experience. Never again will I review a book until I've read the whole thing. I promise!


Blogger Andrew Pass Educational Services, LLC said...

It sounds like a book worth reading. Thanks for posting on it. One comment: sometimes students do not succeed because their teachers are lazy and unwilling to look for ways to help their students succeed. Both teachers and students must take responsibility for student achievement, which after all is also teacher achievement.

Andrew Pass

8/02/2006 5:08 PM  
Blogger Dennis Fermoyle said...

Andrew, thanks for your comment. And I think this book's main purpose is to assist both parents and teachers in helping kids to find ways to succeed.

8/02/2006 6:26 PM  
Anonymous Mushty Moo said...

In these days people are too busy and always look for such expert writer who can complete assignment, reports or write essays within the deadlines. Our professional writers meeting the deadlines along with quality content. You can visit our website essayspresident anytime and anywhere in the world as we are available 24 hours for your help.

10/20/2014 4:53 AM  
Anonymous Friv 4 said...

Nice article, thanks for the information. It's very complete information. I will bookmark for next reference.

1/12/2015 12:45 AM  
Anonymous happy wheels games said...

Great! Thanks for sharing the information. That is very helpful for increasing my knowledge in this field.
pacman |happy wheels |my little pony games | unblocked games
friv4 kizi 4| unblockedgames unblocked games for kids

5/28/2015 3:32 AM  
Anonymous Hill Climb Racing said...

Hill Climb Racing is very enjoyable road and platform game.
hill climb
hill climb racing hack
WordBrain is a challenging word game with hundreds of levels for you to master.
Word Brain
wordbrain cheats
wordbrain answers

10/25/2015 6:56 PM  
Blogger Hieu Nguyen said...

When you see the stress in work, life, friv could well be a good site to try.
Thanks you for sharing!
Friv Online, Friv Games, Friv.com, Friv

11/17/2015 3:25 AM  
Blogger Ha Thu Tran said...

greath post, Thank you for presenting a wide variety of information that is very interesting to see in this artikle
Friv 1
Juegos Friv 3

11/19/2015 11:50 PM  
Anonymous Friv Games said...

Play free Friv games flash online games flash.
Thanks you for sharing
Friv Games | Friv Online

12/14/2015 2:19 AM  
Anonymous Yepi 4 said...

You need to kill time, you need entertainment. Refer to our website. hope you get the most comfort.
Thanks you for sharing!
Friv Games
Yepi 4
Kizi 4

1/04/2016 8:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like more information about this, because it is very nice., Thanks for sharing.
Kizi 2
Friv 2

1/08/2016 6:43 PM  
Anonymous Friv 10 said...

you'd have time to look these kids active. Please visit our website and let us play the game interesting.
Thanks for sharing !
Friv 10
Kizi 10
Yepi 2

1/28/2016 9:42 AM  
Blogger Games Mincecraft said...

I love reading your articles and I shared it with my friends.
People also like it and give good feedback. Thank you
- minecraft games
- happy wheels
- happy wheels
- tetris
- brain games
- puzzle games
- agario
- abcya
- fnaf 4

3/24/2016 6:52 PM  
Anonymous Friv5 said...

You need to kill time, you'd have time to look these kids active. Refer to our website. Hope you get the most comfort.
Thanks for sharing !
Friv 5
Kizi 1
Yepi 3

4/03/2016 7:10 AM  
Blogger Games Friv said...

When you're tired, you want to relax after a stressful working hours, you need to have time to take care of the kids active.
Please visit our website and play exciting flash games.Thanks you for sharing!
Friv 4

5/17/2016 9:31 AM  
Blogger Lisa M. Henry said...

Hotmail is an email account of Microsoft Corporation. Like Google's Gmail, it is full of features usually xuyen.Neu of an email you want to register an account please follow these basic steps:
Hotmail login

Hotmail review

Sign in to hotmail

Login to hotmail

Recover hotmail password

Tank Trouble is a very interesting flash game about tanks, about war and about destruction

One Penguin Takes it personally when he is surfing the web and stumbles upon a web site telling him that he cant fly, after that he sets his mind to research and practice flying until he can prove the world that he can..

Strike Force Heroes is a new game action-packed shooter from the creators of Raze; with 3 game modes, 15 campaign missions and over 65 weapons.
Strike Force Heroes | Strike Force Heroes 4

Strike Force Heroes 2

6/22/2016 1:27 AM  
Blogger Candy Sim said...

The blog or and best that is extremely useful to keep I can share the ideas
of the future as this is really what I was looking for, I am very comfortable and pleased to come here. Thank you very much.
wings io| earn to die 6
earn to die 5| happy wheels

6/28/2016 9:45 PM  
Blogger Ka Sa said...

Very entertaining information. found a lot of things for Yourself Useful. Thx !!!

7/18/2016 1:31 AM  
Blogger Mạc Huệ said...

Well this article that i've been waited for so long. I need this article to complete my assignment in the college, and it has same topic with your article. Thanks, great share. I like play games as [url=https://sites.google.com/site/run2unblockedgame/]Run 2 unblocked game[/url] | [url=http://sites.google.com/site/unblockedgamespage/]unblocked games free[/url] | [url=http://diepiogame.net/]diep.io online free[/url]

7/27/2016 12:46 AM  
Anonymous Friv100 said...

You'd have time to look these kids active. Please visit our website and let us play the games interesting.
Thanks you for sharing !
Friv 100
Friv 8
Friv 2

7/31/2016 9:39 PM  
Blogger Friv4 Games Online said...

Thanks for sharing the information. It is very useful for my future. keep sharing. Can you play more games at :
happy wheels demo | friv4school | girls go games | games 2 girls | happy wheels 2

8/01/2016 6:31 PM  
Blogger lee anh nuooi said...

invites you to play games for a chance to win cars Corolla Altis car

Kizi 100
Kizi 5
Friv Games

8/08/2016 5:39 AM  
Blogger Candy Sim said...

The blog or and best that is extremely useful to keep I can share the ideas of the future as this is really what I was looking for, I am very comfortable and pleased to come here. Thank you very much.
animal jam 2 | gold mine strike | pokemon go |
stick war 2 | stick man game

8/22/2016 1:10 AM  
Anonymous GirlsGoGames Dressup said...

You want to relax after a stressful working hours. Refer to our website. Hope you get the most comfort.
Thanks for sharing !
Kizi 100

8/25/2016 11:57 PM  
Blogger Giải Trí Tổng Hợp said...

I was working and suddenly I visits your site frequently and recommended it to me to read also. Age Of War 2
Big Farm | Slitherio
Tank Trouble | Happy Wheels
Goodgeme Empire | Slither.io

8/28/2016 7:00 PM  
Blogger huong duong said...

Dissertation writing, social discourse is ok, suffering every literary discourse, but also in prose discourse, must not have been cited, but since the inspiration is music, I wrote documents or more days ago
baixar musicas , baixar musicas gratis , musicas baixar , download musicas , musicas download

10/02/2016 11:36 PM  
Blogger huong duong said...

Before, I did not know much about the knowledge society. But since the use of social networks, I have more understanding
snapchat , baixar snapchat , snapchat baixar , snapchat download , download snapchat

10/02/2016 11:37 PM  
Blogger Linh Hoa said...

I wanted to thank you for this excellent read!! I definitely loved every little bit of it.Cheers for the info!!!! & This is the perfect blog for anyone who wants to know about this topic
baixar facebook , baixar facebook gratis , facebook baixar

10/12/2016 7:47 PM  
Blogger Linh Hoa said...

Just admiring your work and wondering how you managed this blog so well. It’s so remarkable that I can't afford to not go through this valuable information whenever I surf the internet..!!
baixar whatsapp , baixar whatsapp gratis, whatsapp baixar,

10/12/2016 7:47 PM  
Blogger Linh Hoa said...

I think what you say on here is the best thing. Looking forward for our lives become increasingly more beautiful
return man 2 game , return man 2 , return man

10/12/2016 7:48 PM  
Blogger Linh Hoa said...

Just remember your stab at this business, should you decide to end it, is not a failure but a training ground. You will take with you what has worked and learned from what has not in order to make the next business idea a success!
subway surfers game ,subway surfer , subway surfers

10/12/2016 7:48 PM  
Blogger Trần Mi said...

Busy life circumstances than the current world history. Must try to earn money to support themselves, their families and pay for living. But not so that you neglect your own health, but more must cherish it.
geometry dash, geometry dash game , geometry dash , geometry dash 2.0 , geometry dash 2.0

10/13/2016 12:24 AM  
Blogger Trần Mi said...

I used to play games after long day of work tired or bored. And I would recommend to everyone a very interesting game and attractive for both color and sound
run 2, run 2 game , run 2 , run 2 unblocked , run 2

10/13/2016 12:24 AM  
Blogger Trần Mi said...

How often do you play games on free time or after hours of work stress? I usually come to the game as a way to balance life is full of pressure. And I would recommend to everyone that I loved the game
strike force heroes 2, strike force heroes 2 game,strike force heroes 2, strike force heroes 2 game, strike force heroes 2

10/13/2016 12:25 AM  
Blogger Dash Geometry said...

Thanks for the share loved reading the article, please do share more like this wiht us .
fireboy watergirl
Geometry Dash

11/02/2016 2:01 AM  
Blogger Free Happywheels said...

Amazing post, Thank you for presenting a wide variety of information that is very interesting to see in this artikle
happy wheels
return man 3

11/02/2016 2:43 AM  
Anonymous zoxy said...

Bodybuilding is the continuous act twizl to build the body muscles bloxorz unblocked. There are a huge number of agario skins supplements available wheely in the market that assists you to duck life fasten this process; crazy bulk is one of them.

11/03/2016 12:01 AM  
Blogger angelina jolie said...

I’m glad you enjoyed it. Those are great habits! Thank you for sharing.

11/15/2016 11:18 PM  
Anonymous Friv said...

Top very Kizi 100 fun. I like this so much.
Y8 | Friv 1000 | Twizl | Yoob

11/23/2016 6:06 PM  
Blogger Kizi Game said...

Friv 4 - friv 4 online The best site of Friv games. Kizi game online - Kizi games free. Play game at kizi100games fun and relax with your friend. Have funn

12/08/2016 8:15 PM  
Blogger Red Ball 4 said...

Thank you for sharing valuable information. Nice post. I enjoyed reading this post.Can you play more games at :
ninjago game | strikeforce kitty 2 | red ball | ninjago games | strike force kitty

12/13/2016 1:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brilliant job!
GGG | moto x3m 3 | limaxio | gold miner game | happy wheels games

12/14/2016 6:23 PM  
Blogger ngocanh said...

Very interesting blog. Alot of blogs I see these days don't really provide anything that I'm interested in, but I'm most definately interested in this one.
temple run 2 l download temple run 2 l temple run 2 game l temple run 2 download l temple run 2 app

1/08/2017 11:36 PM  
Blogger ngocanh said...

Nice! thank you so much! Thank you for sharing. Your blog posts are more interesting and impressive
geometry dash apk l geometry dash game l geometry dash l download geometry dash l geometry dash app

1/08/2017 11:37 PM  
Blogger ngocanh said...

I think there are many people like and visit it regularly, including me.I actually appreciate your own position and I will be sure to come back here.
launcher l download launcher l launcher apk l launcher app l launcherapp

1/08/2017 11:37 PM  
Blogger bui loan said...

Thanks for sharing your post. Thanks to this I can understand more about the role of education. This article is easy to understand and useful. Do you like Sushi Cat 2, fancy pants 3, Return Man 2, Happy Wheels 4?

1/09/2017 6:26 PM  
Blogger Malia Obama said...

Thanks for the sharing of such information we will pass it on to our readers.

4/11/2017 8:33 PM  
Blogger Micchals said...

Our website has many interesting games. Please share this with your friends and have fun.
Friv 2
Kizi 1000

4/28/2017 7:41 AM  
Blogger Dong Hwa said...

Thank you for your interest ! Check out my site! you can play
Kizi 100/
Friv 2017/
Kizi 2017

6/07/2017 1:32 AM  
Blogger Jenliskal said...

You need entertainment. Refer to our website. hope you get the most comfortable
Friv 5
Kizi 2
Kizi 10
Kizi 100
Friv 100

8/01/2017 12:59 AM  
Blogger Janvi said...

Welcome, your blog is great. It's very interesting and meaningful
Kizi 1

10/02/2017 1:47 AM  
Anonymous minecraft said...

Very nice. Posts shared useful information and meaningful life, I'm glad to be reading this article and hope to soon learn the next article. thank you
a10 games
g9g games
4223 games
yoob games
hopy games
huz 10 games
kizi hot
kizi new games
yepi games

11/05/2017 5:15 AM  
Blogger Jax madison said...

Very nice. Posts shared useful information and meaningful life, I'm glad to be reading this article and hope to soon learn the next article. thank you very max!
Friv 4

11/26/2017 3:13 AM  
Blogger learn to fly 2 said...

I have read this above post its very nice for us thanks sharing ,great post.


1/18/2018 7:54 PM  
Blogger ht70363@ said...

We are very happy to play games regularly. It's great!
Friv 2
Friv 4

3/31/2018 12:58 AM  

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home