I know I make far too many grandiose declarations, and keep far too few. For instance, in case you’re wondering, no, the novel is not yet finished. It is true that I worked on it quite a bit over the summer. But no, it’s not finished, and I wonder if it ever will be.
So take the next sentence or so with a grain of salty disbelief.
I think I’d like to take this here blog into more of a K-12 public school teacher education-centered direction. Even more so than before. This is for two main reasons: 1. Perhaps there is a worthwhile purpose in providing a more thorough examination of daily issues in education from an actual teacher/practitioner perspective; 2. I’m really sick of talking or even thinking about politics.
Having thought about things (a rare occurrence, I can assure you) over the last few days, I’ve come up with the following: I have a deep, wonky interest in public policy, but only a casual, spectator sport interest in “politics”. The upcoming election, for instance, seems simply another variation on the Brett Favre soap opera or the National League Wildcard race.
Decisions about health care reform are very important. Whether Obama wears a flag pin or McCain forgot to pay his mortgage on his 8th house….not so important. Yes, I realize politics begets public policy, but there are tons of far more profound and prolific blogs/websites devoted to day-to-day politics. This seems true even at the local level these days, which is both encouraging and vital. Marty needs watching, as does the ABQ City Council, etc., and there are places doing that watching and performing it increasingly well.
So I’m gonna stick with big, steaming piles of education for the duration of this school year, focusing on the wonky side of things. And yes, that’s a declaration, and yes, like politicians, you can’t really trust declarations.
I’ll start tomorrow with a return to the whole testing mess, bouncing off a recent comment here regarding how few tests we had “back in the day” compared with 2008. Exciting, I know. I can see the Burque Babble Nielsen ratings plummeting even as I type. Even below the already solidly meager figures.
Still, you know you can’t get enough discussions of “lower bound confidence intervals” and “FAY ELL AYP“. You just can’t. Times that by roughly 180 (the number of days in a New Mexico school year) and let’s see what we come up with by next Memorial Day. Maybe we’ll have figured out K-12 education policy, utterly changed public school practices forever for the better and ushered in a bright, shining era of post-NCLB wonderfulness. Or maybe it will just be Memorial Day, 2009.
And, again having done a rare bit of thinking, those last two sentences kinda capture the thought process of every teacher going into every school year. On August 11th we’re just like baseball teams as Spring Training ends and the season begins…we’re in first place and anything is possible.