The Good -
As in I caught the boys not playing computer games several times this weekend.
The Bad -
I'm tired of ostentatious words showing up everywhere. In my opinion there is no need to use pompous vocabulary when ordinary words can express the same meaning.
stakeholders means community
cohort means group
unpack means to understand a process
When people use these pretentious words in everyday communications, it creates distance and elitism. Who wants to listen to that?
The Ugly -Ninety-nine percent of the time, I'm on the classroom teacher's side. But the teacher who created the Who's the daddy? assignment was wrong. Really, really wrong. I say this as a teacher who has taught genetics, used Punnett squares in the classroom and scoured the internet for interesting and relevant science activities for teens.
The superintendent says only one parent complained. I don't care if no parents complained, it was highly inappropriate. Ninth graders are fourteen and fifteen years old. It is very irresponsible for a certified educator to turn their classroom into an audience for Maury.
With all the teacher-bashing, pension theft and high stakes testing, educators need to rise to a higher level of professionalism, not sink to the level of tabloid television. The principal called the complaining parent and the superintendent spoke to the media but I believe there should be a public apology. You know, to the cohort of stakeholders unpacking the lack of administrative discipline.