@ THE CHALK FACE
Educated educators talking education
New episode of At the chalk face on #blogtalkradio
New episode up, we talk edushyster, wal mart, and grading schools.
What a great comment. You know, after reading, I absolutely agree with you. Man, I can’t get over how you’ve phrased this, very eloquent. Smart. I will definitely make this resolution and, with no cynicism or sarcasm at all, will dedicate my efforts next week at 6PM EDT to you. I will work on that and consider your thoughts and points in our commentary.
I am a Chemistry teacher in a public high school in Phoenix, Arizona. I am a union representative, too. Our association has been able to establish and support a collaborative relationship with the district administration, and at least at my school, with my principal, in the heart of a very corporate, tea party controlled state. Think Sheriff Joe “Your papers please” Arpaio, Governor Jan “Bone Finger” Brewer, etc. Many of us look at the Common Core and the testing madness and shake our heads. Our association was able to organize opposition to and to reject a “Race to the Top” grant that was draconian, and abusive, after one year of implementation, and designed a teacher evaluation tool in cooperation with our administration that meets the requirements of the state laws.
Very few local educators or legislators are aware of where the high-stakes tests and so-called reforms come from, and the youngest are naive and sometimes indoctrinated by corporate-sponsored professors of education. Many still identify as Republican, politically, based on their personal identity, not on their self-interests. However, I have found many open to change when they hear the kind of point of view and facts that you present on your program.
However, I am faced with the language you used during today’s webcast. I mean the scatological slang. We desperately need humor when we are confronting these issues, but I can’t refer my colleagues, my principal, my students parents, my superintendent or my legislative representatives to your show when you use language that I can’t use at school.
Who do you think your audience is? Other professors of education? Undergraduates at your university? The disconnect between the university and the public schools, the cynical dismissal of educational research and professional teacher education is legend, and our corporate masters’ favorite tool for dividing and conquering. I desperately need a way to spread the news and the perspective that we understand, that you want to communicate, that is entertaining, but also acceptable.
I tried to recommend education-radio.blogspot.com, and your show, in the past, but both they and you have chosen to use language or focus on topics that marginalize the program. Sadly, queer politics and Malcom X’s call to violent rebellion (topics chosen by education-radio.blogspot.com), and now your use of “shit”, “bullshit”, “ass”, and other earthy phrases to make a point interferes with the message, and now your show must be my private pleasure.
Please make a New Year Resolution to make the show as funny as you can, and yet keep it workplace safe. Classroom safe. Thanks, and carry on!
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