Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Tengo un "gatto"

In Gatto‘s article she said, “Commercial programs endorse themselves as foolproof. Who are the fools in the foolproof? The companies and districts that align their instruction to commercially produced literacy programs believe it to be teachers! Teachers are not fools! Why do they allow themselves to be considered as such?” (p.31) So why? Is it that some people are just lazy and want to get by doing very little? Is it those who are “just in it for the money.” Is it teachers who are scared that they are not tenured yet? Ideas?


Brittany Soper said...

I feel like a lot of it comes from the tests. Teachers are being held accountable for their students' scores, so they feel so much pressure to make sure that they are teaching the material their students will need to know. Products that advertise themselves for just that purpose make teachers feel more comfortable that they are teaching the "right" things.

Shannon said...

I think a lot of the time it IS laziness. I had a CT who would do whatever it took, not to have to do work at home, and for her, scripted programs were the answer. Her lessons were boring, and the kids hated them. To her credit, she DID do fun things sometimes, but it definitely wasn't commonplace.

I think that having these programs enables teachers to be lazy.