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This week I would like you to use your imagination. You have just won the lottery and will leave your teaching post immediately to travel around the world. As you leave your keys you meet your replacement. You are asked to give this new teacher just ONE piece of advice. What would that be, and why? Enjoy your world expedition!

Blog Post - Week 7
This past week in my own teaching I felt a little disconnected which prompts my question to you, "What was the moment (or moments) when I felt most disconnected or disengaged as a teacher - the moment(s) I said to myself, I'm just going through the motions here?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 6
For the past couple of weeks you have experienced asynchronous online learning (doing modules by yourself). Previously this semester you have experienced synchronous online learning (all together in the Collaborate room). Which do you think is more effective and why do you think that? Which do you like better, and why?

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 5
This week we have what we call "open mic." You can write a post about anything related to your teaching that you would like responses from your classmates.

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 4
Here is this week's question: "What was the event that most took me surprise this week - and event that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt, or made me unexpectedly happy?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 3
Please write a post about the following question, "In thinking about my past week teaching what is one thing I would do differently, and why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 2
Please write a post about the following question, " In thinking about my teaching activities this past week, of what do I feel most proud? Why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 1
Describe something you used in your program in the first weeks of school that you learned in the summer NTI program. How did it work? Did it get you off to a stronger start than last year?

Monday, April 21, 2014

Lee Lacocca's quote revisited

Lee Lacocca's quote... I realize in my response to Trenton that I may have gotten a lot deeper than I wanted to. I can break down my thought process even more and say that this quote, in my humble opinion of a true pipe dream. Now before you get on the defensive, let me explain.

When I think about society and where it's priorities are in the current state of affairs I could easily tell you that it is not anchored in rational thought. When the best of the best of society are movie stars and musicians and athletes, where does that put the position of the teacher? While I believe Lee's quote is optimistic, it is far flung in this day and age. I mean how many times have you turned on the television and actually saw a special newscast or special report on amazing teachers? I can answer that one for you... Just last year I saw my FIRST ever news story that dedicated like two hours to the best of our struggling teachers. I find it funny how society only pays attention to it's most powerful trendsetters and innovators when there is violence in a school or a shooting.

Don't get me wrong, in the end, I agree with this quote from Lee Lacocca. When taken in the context of how it was stated...  "In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers".. That statement alone defines the barriers of what is being said. So until we become a completely rational society, teachers will be teachers, and athletes, musicians, and movie stars will be the heroes to the multitudes.

Mr. H

1 comment:

Shirley said...

You have a point Mr.H. Although I beg to differ with Lee Laccoca's statement, you do bring a valid reasoning that other professions such as the entertainment industry gets more praise than a teacher. Overall, teachers should be at the top of the list when it comes to influencing our children.