Just in case you haven’t seen this video segment on the Atlanta cheating scandal from last night’s The Daily Show, here it is…
I think it’s pretty good, though it does omit two important points — it doesn’t really talk about the overall problem of focusing on test scores, and doesn’t say anything about the fact that all the defendants were people of color.
Jon Stewart at the Daily Show did a very funny segment this week on the Chinese government’s crackdown on the use of puns in the media.
Except for a bleeped out expletive near the very beginning of the segment, the rest of it would be appropriate for classroom use. It would be ideal for an International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge class when language is being studied.
Michelle Rhee was on The Daily Show last night. I thought she generally came across as quite reasonable and tried to minimize and gloss over many of her beliefs. Stewart kept pressing her — admirably, I thought, while trying to maintain his nice guy persona — and the best part is clearly Part Three (the second and third parts appeared on the Web). That’s when Rhee told Stewart “You’re looking confused” when it was clear that Stewart had enough of her ducking and weaving, and he began to question her more forcefully.
I was struck by several things Stewart said during the interview, including:
teaching is an art form
teachers subjected to new offensive coordinator coming in every few years
There hasn’t really been any innovation in education since John Dewey. (this is the only time I thought he was off-base)
Teachers seem like one tool to get education on track, but they seem to be the only tool that ever gets yelled at…. There’s poverty, communities, but teachers are the only ones we tell, “Fix it, or you’re fired!”
Education can take place if the soil is fertile..
Is school the biggest factor?
It seems we’ve abandoned the model of public school in the inner city
You are creating a system where the public school becomes a place for the toughest cases [and others go to charters]
The systemic issues that are the underlying causes of the poor performances never get addressed.
The entire system of standardized tests is somewhat broken.
Last night’s “The Daily Show” was a classic. Jon Stewart opened with what was probably the most insightful, funny, and effective response I have seen to on-going teacher-bashing. Ten minutes late, Diane Ravitch came on and did a fabulous interview. For some reason, I wasn’t able to get the embed code for the entire episode. However, I was able to embed the three key sections: The first two videos are the two segments of the amazing opening piece on schools, and then the third is the interview with Diane Ravitch:
Jon Stewart did a brilliant piece on teachers last night (You’ll certainly want to tune on Thursday night (I had originally written Wednesday by mistake) when he interviews Diane Ravitch). Here’s a portion of it:
I’ve written a fair amount about how and where to find accurate quotations, as well as sharing examples when “quotations” have been used inaccurately (see The Best Places To Find Quotations On The Web). John Oliver did a great segment on his show about these kind of “made-up” quotes and, surprisingly, it’s even classroom appropriate! See the video here. (it’s not embeddable).
Here are two intriguing videos about language today and tomorrow:
8-Bit Philosophy is a useful series of videos from Wisecrack. You’ve got to pick-and-choose, but a number of their videos can be engaging and informative for students, and presented in an exceptionally unique form. Here’s an example:
Here’s how this maker of this video describes it:
A geopolitical history of all empires, nations, kingdoms, armies and republics. More than 500 world maps spanning all historical events up to today.
The Atlantic has begun to publish a thirteen-part series of videos on race. These first two have been animations, and I assume the rest will be the same.
What do you think the video is saying asking questions? Do you agree with what it says? To support your opinion, be sure to include specific examples drawn from your own experience, your observations of others, or any of your readings.
Christina Torres shared this amazing video from a District staff meeting in Iowa. The first minute is the typical boring stuff, but keep watching….
This video is from PBS, and is a great one for IB Theory of Knowledge teachers when exploring the arts. Even more interesting – to me, at least – is how it can applied to an understanding of “close reading.” I suspect David Coleman, the primary author of the Common Core Standards, would not necessarily agree with what the video says about the critical importance of context… I’m adding this to The Best Resources On Close Reading Paintings, Photos & Videos.
I’ve seen haka done by Pacific Islander students at our school, and on video from New Zealand rugby games, but never one like this. It was shared by @jybuell on Twitter, and you can read more about it here on CNN.
StoryCorps unveiled a new animated video earlier this year. Here’s how they describe it:
Alex Landau, an African American man, was raised by his adoptive white parents to believe that skin color didn’t matter. But when Alex was pulled over by Denver police officers one night in 2009, he lost his belief in a color-blind world—and nearly lost his life. Alex tells his mother, Patsy Hathaway, what happened that night and how it affects him to this day.
Today, I discovered a great series of short commercials with the theme “Don’t Judge Too Quickly” that would make a great addition to that lesson. Plus, they would good for English Language Learners to watch and describe what they see, along with learning the critical thinking lesson that it’s dangerous to make assumptions.
First off, here’s a group of them together. The second to the last one, however, is probably not appropriate to show in class:
Here’s another one:
There are others on YouTube, too, but, like the one I cautioned about in the first collection, they are a little “iffy” to show in class.