Saturday, March 18, 2006

Education, VIII

Let's start the day with a few new math problems -- what is five times two? Yes. Clyde? Clyde: Twelve. Okay. Now let's try and get an answer from somebody who is not a complete retard.
(…) No, that's wrong, Cartman. But don't worry. There are no stupid answers, just stupid people.
- Dialogue between Clyde, Cartman, and Mr. Garrison, a third-grade elementary school teacher at South Park Elementary.


Anonymous Korpinsilmä said...

Your role models of choice are
bound to encourage your students
to study diligently. :-)

8:16 am  
Blogger Tapio Kotkavuori said...

Hi Korpinsilmä,

well, Mr. Garrison is not my role-model as a teacher :-) I quoted him as a perfect example of worst kind of pedagogics one can practise in a classroom :-)

Mr. Garrison masters some cardinal mistakes a teacher can do. Being fiction, it is fun to watch though.

If I'm picking a role-model for myself as a teacher from fiction, I think the character would be Mr. Keating from _Dead Poets Society_.

As a sidenote, I have been doing my study of hidden curriculum lately and I've remembered Mr. Keating's thoughts and deeds from the movie well. The movie shows well what fight against worst traits of hidden curriculum can be like.

10:20 am  

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