Morning, all. Didn’t drag out of bed till 4:19 this morning. Gonna be a Monday. Don’t love Mondays. Definitely a Superman-shirt day.
Anyway, over the weekend some may have noticed that I started a new section titled, “Their Thoughts.” It’s a section devoted to highlighting and sharing comments from those who have joined the conversation. I began with sharing student comments from this month’s “Student Say” section, and though I may have “cheated” a little bit by having my students go on and post in class, I wanted to promote the voice of this incredibly important stakeholder group. So, if I have to cheat a little to make that happen, I will. It is really about them after all.
I’m also rolling out a new section next Sunday called, “Weekly Wonder.” This section is where I will begin to get a little jiggy with it, setting the stage for more provocative, controversial topics, hopefully generating some tougher talk on the status quo, opening a pathway for change and progress by challenging conventional wisdom. Here’s a sneak peak of the first topic.
Weekly Wonder: I Wonder If We Should Fail Kids.
Failing them teaches them a lesson. If we don’t fail them, they will never learn, so we have to fail them…or so conventional wisdom goes. But does it work? Does it really teach them a lesson? I’m not sure. For many of the kids who fail in high school, it is not a new phenomenon, and many become our frequent “failers,” apparently not “learning the lesson” from past-failed classes. And sadly, for many, in high school, they are set on a track from which it is difficult to deviate and they struggle to learn from the tough-love lessons that we provide. Some simply give up and disappear. I wonder then if we shouldn’t consider a new course of action, a new track. What if we didn’t fail kids?
I will present the full post on Sunday.
Meanwhile, this week back in 219 we will be busy pursuing an answer to our essential question, “Can we prevent injustice, or is it an unavoidable consequence of human society?” Along the way, we will pause, viewing the vistas of the rhetorical appeals, and logical fallacies from the various speeches we read. Gonna be a busy week. But it always is.
Thanks for tuning in. Have a magnificent Monday. See you bright and early tomorrow. I never sleep in on Tuesdays.