Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Open Letter To Doug Lemov Or His Spokesperson
This is going back and forth in the Whitney (Gosh! Why did his parents give him a girls name? Recess must have been hell for him) Tilson Loves Doug Lemov post. Dougie's anonymous defender, or as I believe the legend in his own mind, Doug Lemov as been virulently defending Dougie. The last comment, deserves its own post.
I think all three of you (SBS blogger, Primadonna, and Ed) are missing the point.
No, you are.
My mother taught public school for three decades,
Wow. Impressive. My mother was a LPN for a cardiologist. I guess when I criticize doctors I can bring this tidbit up. I also believe I am no qualified to do EKG's Where was mummsy a teacher? What did mummsy teach?
I've spent a couple years as a public school teacher myself.
Wow. Impressive. Again, see the questions above about mummsy.
I'm familiar with administrative bureaucracy and the insanity of school politics.
No, you are not.
I've also gone to bat against school boards more concerned with the bottom line than the actual quality of education.
You do what I did in regards to my school in doing the right thing, then we can speak. I once caused a near international incident between the USSR and the US in 1985. Seriously. True story. Did you go that far with the school board? Or was it just holding your breath until your face turned red?
I define quality as more than reading scores.
Define it. Explain it to Whitney.
You're preaching to the choir when you lament the plight of the urban teacher, truly a thankless job.
No, it is not a thankless job. Or do you have that stereotype of what it is like to teach in an urban setting? Yeah we bitch and kvetch and all that but we love it.
While their (specifically Uncommon Schools) ability to provide their students with a better education than other students from identical backgrounds is undeniable
BOLLOCKS!!! Give me or any other teacher a class with 12-15 students and you will see the same exact results. Give me or any other teacher parents that take their child's education seriously you will see the same exact results. Give me or any other teacher or school the revenue flow, the donations, the corporate involvement you will see the same exact results.
part of the reason why Charters are so successful is that they can reject the truly dangerous and deranged.
Someone admits it. Now go tell that to Bloomberg, Klein, and Moskowitz.
I understand how you can look at Doug Lemov as someone locked in an ivory tower
He is. Why not come spend time, oops, I meant have Dougie spend time in the projects. Live in the projects. Or you, sorry again, or Dougie can come teach a 6th grade class in the 'hood which the kids are packing, and wearing colors and bling and see how far his shite gets him.
Lemov's taxonomy wasn't created in a vacuum, and you'd be challenged to find anyone outside this blog who claims that it sprung whole from his head.
I never said it sprung from his head, at the very worse he stole intellectual property and his profiting from it. At the very least, he is acting and obtaining credit for what are not original ideas.
He collected the best techniques he saw from master teachers, and put them in a format that's easy for beginning teachers to replicate.
Did he attribute these ideas? Are others sharing in the profits? Give me some $$ I saw some stuff I did as a summer camp counselor in 1983.
The point is not that "his ideas are better than your ideas"
Yes you do. You got fawned over in the Times, you have never gotten your hands dirty.
the point is that struggling teachers will do better when armed with his techniques.
Where's the money for mentors that the DOE keeps promising? You learn from experience. My very first day of teaching I sent 35 kids to the closet to get their coats at once. You do, you react, you learn.
However, the point is that a first year teacher would teach better with, rather than without, the techniques in Lemov's taxonomy.
Dougie's ideas are not original. Stop calling them LEMOV'S TAXONOMY!!
I know you want to lash out at Doug and Green's article because it reminds you of your frustration with insulated elitist reformers
Yep! And because they all know jack.
Yet, for this particular situation, this is not the case.
Yes it is the case.
I can walk into any class in my school that is out of control, and I have, and stand in the doorway and not utter one single solitary word and the entire class will settle down immediately. And guess what? No one, or no book taught be that.
What makes it worse is a turd like Whitney Tilson fawns all over Dougie to the point of having some unrequited man love school girl type crush over him.
Now if you will excuse me I want to watch South Park. Butters loses his virginity tonight.