Another dot in the blogosphere?

Con job

Posted on: February 2, 2019

When someone was inspired to write this opinion piece on applying the KonMari method of tidying up to teaching kids, I perspired.

It was a cold sweat because the author seemed to be the type of person who would start their own enrichment centre based on zero pedagogy.

I was critical of how the author:

  • linked rote learning of spelling lists to sparking joy
  • defined her teaching role primarily as court jester
  • mistook Shinto beliefs with anthropomorphosm
  • mysteriously linked such anthropomorphism to read-aloud protocols

There are other ideas not worth mentioning. The ones I listed hurt my head and fingers to summarise and type.

Unfortunately, these are the same ideas that will somehow resonate with enough people so that they sell.

Most educators are too nice to be critical of such ideas in public. I am not most educators. I live by the Jon Stewart principle of calling out bullshit when I see it.

The best defense against bullshit is vigilance. So if you smell something, say something. -- Jon Stewart

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