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I am a retired elementary school teacher just trying to do the right thing

An insult towards experience

Why is it that these so call “change agents” that pop up every year as administrators, consultants, book sellers, publishers, and wannabes lack skills needed to embrace the gains of the past?  They often seek change for that sake of showing that they can affect change. Often these so called self proclaimed change agents have no regard for those who often have much more experience than them. They pretend they know more because they went to a conference, read an article, or most often than not they feel they know a better way.

I happened to be in our district’s conference room this week and I saw this comment taped to the wall.

playing school


I immediately commented on it as an insult to all the teachers in the district with many years of  experience.  I was then told, “The conversation was about children “playing school”, not teachers.”

My response, “So. my students were “playing school” because I was not on the  cutting edge? Past instruction practices caused our students to play school?  Really?”

Don’t get me wrong, change can be good, very good. Provided that change builds on the past’s best practices and that it is supported by real research, not opinion. Cutting edge can cut both ways. We need speak up and defend our own  professional experiences when these change agents declare they have a better way. We have witnessed their failures too many times.

Let’s make sure there is water in that pool before we have our students jump in .


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4 thoughts on “An insult towards experience

  1. Change for change’s sake is the philosophy of a cancer cell.

    If change is to be good, one must first assess what is working and what is not. If a change is suggested, it must be established that the change addresses what is not working and will not harm what is. Is this ever done during system wide movements? Has it?

    Change can be good, but only if the implementation is targeted and tested and monitored and … and …

  2. I love your conclusion. It’s remarkable that the people who brought us junk science evaluation and testing mania muster the audacity to portray us as resistant to progress, as opposed to being resistant to nonsense.

  3. Sean Crowley on said:

    Common Core has no research to prove it works. But wealthy people and an enabling White House forced it on Americans anyway. It’s obnoxious and the testing it’s built on does nothing for kids or teachers it just costs a lot to administer. Arne Duncan was no better than Betsy Blackwater but he’s got a book out now so he must have all the answers. 🤨

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