Maybe Mrs. Who can explain this to me.
Why are some teachers SO bent on neatness that no credit is given to a child who has clearly learned from the project they've done?
Why are some subjects graded on the merit of artistic talent rather than on what the child learned from the exercise?
I spent the weekend giving moral support to a boy sweating over a mobile he had to create as part of a literature lesson. Read the book; make a mobile.
And it had to be neat.
He'd get points marked off for minor details.
Details like uneven balance and putting his name in the wrong place.
He was so concerned over whether there was enough color and uniformly cut pieces that not only did he not enjoy the story he read but also did not enjoy making a mobile.
If she wanted to suck all the fun out of the project, why not just assign a written book report like real teachers do? If she wanted to make the project fun by assigning a mobile, then dammit, let the thing be fun instead of nit-picking it to artistic death.
Focus on what was learned. That's still the point, isn't it?
I think if a teacher wants his/her students to focus on coloring inside the lines at the expense of learning the names and locations of the states they are coloring or simply enjoying a good book, then that teacher aught to be teaching art and not general knowledge.
I wish my kid would stop getting these kinds of teachers every year.
Happy Monday, everyone.
Have a nice week.
Monday, April 07, 2008