|Learning me a book. Smart People should learn some too.|
It is a far simpler effort to find things from people I disagree with. They are everywhere. I suppose most people feel this way but I am a remarkably agreeable individual. This healthy pool of folks that are too smart for their own good are not shy with sharing their views and worse imposing them. Be it a result of group think, strategic dynamism, or just poor judgement it seems far too easy for smart people to behave in not so intelligent ways when dealing with or directing education. Think of it as Daniel Snyder running his NFL team. The results are not always good. I define this as whenever they do something I disagree by the way. I like to justify this with my "pauper's wisdom". Not so much granted by financial depravity(Teachers like to harp on the fact we have this) but by a foundation of understanding granted by remaining "just a teacher," feet firmly planted in the classroom with my students. I am poor in knowledge of the theoretical world of education but rich from time spent face to face with students actually learning.
I am not omniscient and know my views should not always be seen as correct. I make mistakes and am wrong about plenty of things. My station in life has taught me listen to help avoid this whenever possible. I also know decision makers are far too confident in their own actions and don't listen enough. I don't always like what I hear but the only way a not so smart individual like myself can navigate this landscape is to try and find some humor in it all. Oh...and read a bunch.
Videos are also good.
Reasons vary as to why people look to misguided interlopers rather than trusted and seasoned professionals.
So here are some things I liked that made me both smarterer and also smile.
The Disaster Capitalism Curriculum: The High Price of Education Reform (Episode I)
The Education Bubble
The Funny Business of Education