Behind The Black Postings By Robert Zimmerman

A member of modern academia finally speaks truth: “We prefer to pretend that bad students don’t exist.”

He also admitted, in what I consider to be the understatement of the century, that “We think we’re too progressive.”

  1. Garry says:

    That’s a new twist on “There are no bad students, only bad teachers,” but reinforces the conclusion just the same.

  2. Sayomara says:

    I love the site Bob but sadly this article is a bunch of low context quotes. Do you have a link to the whole speech or a video.

    Finishing my only teaching education I don’t disagree with most of this but I do my best to give everyone a fair shake especially when I have limited context.

    • You are correct. Generally I don’t link to stories with this little additional information, but the quotes are so right, based on my own experience when I was teaching at NYU and SVA as well as the many academic conferences I’ve attended, I couldn’t resist.

      However, this particular short story is part of a series of short reports being submitted by the author as he attends the ongoing MLA conference. Click on the “home” link there and you can see them. Taken in total, they give this particular story greater weight. I should also say that, from what I know of modern academic, the stories are all believable.

  3. JohnnyL says:

    My wife teaches 6th grade English and writing in Connecticut. They bring in consultants on “professional development” days that tell them that if a student is doing bad then the teachers are not motivating them properly.There are no real consequences to the students for not trying as all blame fall back on the teacher.

    • Garry says:

      Sorry for being flippant in my initial comment.

      I taught adults for several years, in corporate settings. Most of my students were motivated to learn, and I had a lot of free rein on what I taught and how I taught it. I felt that I had a calling to teach, and very seriously considered a career in teaching public schools.

      I decided not to, because in public schools (1) I would have to join a union (2) I would have very little input on what to teach, how to teach it, and at what pace (3) it can be very tough to motivate students (4) parents tend to blame the teacher rather than hold the kids to standards, Add all this up, and I would have been very frustrated,

      Teachers have a tough job, but so many of them are just drawing a paycheck (I can tell which ones within a few minutes of meeting them). As a group, parents are doing a lousy job as well. And there seems to be layer upon layer of specialists, who say the kinds of things you mentioned.

      Sorry to sidetrack the conversation.

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