O.K, folks, here’s a second installment in the Bogus Bowl. Bogus Bowl I will close Saturday night (9 Feb 08), so jump over there (click on “polls” in the top navigation element) and vote in the first one if you’ve not done so already. Then come back here and vote on this one…. Or vice versa.
In this one, we’re examing reasons that educators give for shirking what I’ve sometimes called the “instructional obligation.” It’s your chance to consider alternative rationales for not teaching.
If you’re a teacher, you might have heard colleagues advance explanations such as these. Which is the most bogus? If you’re a parent, you may have heard one (or more) of these justifications for your child’s learning problems. Which one drove you the most batty? If you’re an administrator, I hope you haven’t suggested to your faculty that members use any of these.
As before, some of the losers (who just might consider themselves winners?) from this poll may reappear in later comparisons. Perhaps by the time we know whether there will be snow in DeKalb (IL, US) on 12 November 2008 by 7:00 AM, we’ll be able to match one of these winners (or losers) against a winner (or loser) from another Bogus Bowl on Teach Effectively!
Meanwhile, I welcome suggestions for topics for future Bogus Bowls. Just drop ’em in the comments.