Sunday, July 15, 2012

Dropout VidShizzle.



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    1. I do exactly this/do exactly the opposite and I have perfect results.

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    2. I do the other thing, and it doesn't really relate well to the comment, rebuttal, or above reply. But it's my experience, so it's the only data that really matters.

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  2. Wait, they're surprised that parents interfere and want to negotiate students' grades? How 'in touch' are these people?

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  3. The whole clip (over an hour) is something I'd like to force K-12 teachers to watch.

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    1. Do you have a link to the entire clip? I'd like to see more.

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    2. It's here:

      http://fora.tv/2012/07/01/NBC_News_Education_Nation_Can_Character_Be_Taught

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  4. I won't talk on anyone's cell phone aside from mine, because I don't want their dog germs. Eeewww...

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    1. Seriously now: I don't have to, and I must not and will not, talk to anyone claiming to be a student's parent, whether on a phone or otherwise. In order to discuss a student's performance in my class with anyone other than the student or a faculty member in my department, I'll need to have a filled-out FERPA release form, signed by the student and specifically authorizing me to discuss the student's performance with that specific person. I will also need the physical presence of this person and a picture ID documenting that this really is the authorized person. Otherwise, how do I know you really are the parent?

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    2. FERPA, for sure! Many of my incomings last year signed FERPA release forms with no problem. But even so, I express the futility of talking with a parent when the parent isn't the one performing. And yes, one-on-one in person always helps.

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  5. YES: Character can be taught. My parents did it, whenever I acted like a "character," by smacking me in the head. SMACK! SMACK!!! SMACKSMACKSMACK!!!

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    1. Yeah, and shame. Shame worked well for me, too.

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  6. What!!?? They thought everything would just be hunky-dory if they just get the kids into college?? Are we supposed to just be rubber-stamp credential mills?

    At least the dude recognizes that kids need a different set of academic skills than they are currently bringing.

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    1. I like the exchange about moral character vs. performance character, with David Brooks, beginning about 55 minutes into the full video.

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