What do we do with goldbrickers and dead wood?

Monday, April 20th, 2009 | education

Education is a noble and honorable enterprise — well-meaning, respectable, geared toward progress and success. For all its lofty intentions, though, we have a few glaring problems in education here in America. One of the most pernicious is the dark truth that the profession currently includes too many ineffective, lame, or even neglectful and abusive teachers. They make us all look bad, and, frankly, I’m ready to either clean house and get rid of them or find more assertive methods to remediate their training until they improve.

This is how Sharon Elin starts her blog posting under the heading: The best mirrors.  The article is worth reading in its entirety.  What amazes me is the similarity between America and South Africa on this matter.

The first step to solve the situation is to recognize, and then acknowledge, that we have a problem.  Sharon helps us to do just that. 

The article concludes with the sobering thought that we should “… weed out the goldbrickers“. 

I echo that by saying: “Prune out the dead wood.”

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3 Comments to What do we do with goldbrickers and dead wood?

Monday, 20 April, 2009

Prune out the dead wood? If the roots are rotten, isn’t it better to plant a new tree?

Monday, 20 April, 2009

Kathy, you are so right! A tree bearing rotten fruit also merits repacement. But under the current circumstances it is hardly possible to replace the entire education system with one that functions properly.

So the second prize would be to try and treasure and nurture the good brances, empowering them to bear some fruit, and attempt to prune out the dead wood.

Tuesday, 21 April, 2009

I want to underline the following from Sharon:….If we start with ourselves and learn to recognize our own weaknesses and work to strengthen our own instructional practice, then we can start organizing professional communities to put pressure on the slackers. It’s time to appraise the ranks and weed out the goldbrickers.

Educators not making things happen in the classroom, lab and with the EIAWB, they are the dead wood trees. But just to replace them with already a shortage of educators, will not be easy. Maybe the dead wood should get new soil, well manured and water more often to ensure that they don’t “die”.


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