Tuesday, May 18, 2010
At the Zoo
The comment echoes throughout my email, Twitter and Plurk: the end of the school year is a zoo!
Why is this so?
Do upper level instructors worry that looming state exams and untaught curriculum seem on a collision course?
In elementary grades, are teachers filling in time watching videos while fidgeting kids long to be outside playing?
Are undone projects causing anxiety and pandemonium in the school library?
The fact that positions are being cut and school budgets are up for vote certainly doesn't help the climate for learning.
Every year at this time, stress and upheaval seem to be the keywords in education.
Angela Davis noted that, "Jails and prisons are designed to break human beings, to convert the population into specimens in a zoo - obedient to our keepers, but dangerous to each other."
I hope we have different expectations for our schools.
"Young Behind Bars" by christophe dune