Teaching a little perspective

“Crappy test scores come from crappy teachers protected by a selfish, bullying, leftist-agenda-driven union.”

Oh yes. There’s more.


  1. Yikes! If that were my kids’ teacher I’d seriously consider pursuing classroom re-assignment. That note is written at a 4th-grade level. No seriously. Do a copy and paste to the get the Flesch-Kincaid score: http://bluecentauri.com/tools/writer/sample.php#kincaid

    And I hope you realize that the claim that “Crappy test scores come from crappy teachers” is not the case. Sure, they have some impact, but study after study shows it’s the role of parents that determine the educational outcome of the kids. Teachers are lucky if they can have a small role in mitigating the damage done to some kids. Y’all.

  2. Spoken like a true teacher’s union aficionado, jimspice.

    Of course it’s written on a 4th grade level. I shoot for 6th myself, but then, we’re a little stuffy around here. The last long post I did scored. 5.73.

  3. I just did my Google profile: 9.91. I’m a genius.

    By the way, I was a founding member of the TAs union at UW-M. I served as shop steward in the Poli Sci department until they asked me to find someone else; seems my suggestions were seen as too UW friendly.

  4. Ohhh. How long ago? I still have some favorite professors there.

    And kindly keep in mind I shoot for 6.0 for a reason. 🙂

  5. Always amazes me that it’s been almost 20 years. Seems like about ten minutes.

  6. Eric Brown?

  7. One of my favorites. He advised me on an independent study of matrix algebra and its application in statistical methods. Our first meeting he told me what he expected me to learn, and then set up a final meeting date at the end of the semester for a final exam. Then we had lunch once a week (he paid — score) and B.S.ed about politics and philosophy and science — and yes, stats if I had any questions.

    I don’t think I’ve inverted a matrix since, but it really helped me understand some complex procedures at a deeper level.

  8. One of mine, too. He retired just after I left. There was no one quite like him. I once gave him a “pompous but lovable” review and he nailed me after class to let me know it could have only been me to write that. We often lunched as well. (I suppose that says something about the two of us?)

    I had Thomas Holbrook for stats, but he’s young enough you might have missed him. Marcus Ethridge before that. (It looks like maybe Ethridge has retired, too.) A younger guy named Doug Ihrke really helped me finish up the degree with some independent work.

    Holbrook had a voting behaviors class that will come up in a post later today if I can get myself to Guatemala City in one piece later this morning…

  9. I had Holbrook while he was pursuing tenure. The younger profs would join the grad students for bowling once a week just to blow off steam. He got some pressure from higher ups who thought such cavorting was undignified. I’ll never forget his statement after he caved to the pressure; when asked why he no longer bowled, he said “Tried that. Just didn’t set right with me.”

    Ethridge made me cry once.