Commentary and Criticism about the National Education Association (NEA)
The following post appeared on my Anti-NJEA blog (New Jersey Education Association). I re-post it here because it applies to the entire country, not just New Jersey.
From the New Jersey Educational Association web site on October 23, 2017:
A joyful journey to play in K
by Molly Ziegelstein
This article made me laugh.
I am sure that the author is an excellent teacher but the lingo used throughout was way too over the top - even for a veteran teacher like me.
I sit at faculty meetings and professional development seminars and hear similar words bandied about time and time again. Everyone uses these educational buzz words because they want to sound both intelligent and professional.
But I find that using these words is more confusing than helpful. It is almost as if teachers are pretending that they operate in some esoteric realm that only they can fully comprehend. The uninitiated lay folk can only stand on the sidelines and gaze with wonder.
Here is a list of modern educational terminology that I came across in Ziegelstein’s article:
By the way, Molly Ziegelstein is a Kindergarten teacher.....
All of this to teach a Kindergarten class?
Education is really not as complicated as that list would make you think. Our nation did pretty well back when going to school meant just learning the three R’s.
So my advice is to simply cut out the silly lingo and just teach.
It’s really not that difficult.