Blogger burnout and what I would change
The end of the school year came, and did I ever get hit with a case of blogger burnout. Last week I didn't even want to look at my own blog or anybody else's. Finally, today, I took a glance around, and the Portable Princess has inspired me with her post, "You're the Education God." The Portable Princess asks us what changes we would make if we had the power to do so. If you've been reading my blog, you probably have a pretty good idea of what my responses to that are, but here they are anyway. Since I've been blabbing away for the last year, this is probably a great way to wrap up the school year.
1. Give teachers the authority to remove disruptive and blatantly apathetic students from their classrooms. (In other words, give classrooms teachers the same power that coaches of high school athletic teams have.)
2. Give principals the authority to keep their best teachers, regardless of years of experience, when cuts have to be made. And also give them real power to get rid of teachers who aren't doing their jobs. (I don't think there are nearly as many of these as our critics say, but there shouldn't be any at all.)
3. Get colleges of education to quit focusing exclusively on "student centered" theories and methods (multiple intelligences, cooperative learning, etc.), and begin giving close to equal time to more "teacher centered" methods like Direct Instruction.
So there you are. If you agree, great! If not, as Pat Benatar would say, "Hit me with your best shot!"