Word of the Day:
- the function or work of a teacher; teaching
- the art or science of teaching; education; instructional methods.
Alright. Let’s do this:
Mrs. Macy Vasquez’s pedagogy was this: The student ought to learn things the first time around. If the student fails to do so, the student will be disciplined strictly but fairly until he or she decides that the material is important enough to be remembered.
This sounds like a grand and highly reasonable philosophy, doesn’t it?
Oh, it doesn’t to you either? Good. I’m not alone then.
The first time I heard this manifesto was my first day in class; I thought I had never heard anything so ridiculous in all my life.
I am now halfway through the second semester, and my initial disdain has been fully proven to be justified.
How, you ask?
I’ve been in detention every day this year, that’s how. So has the entirety of the rest of my class. For full understanding of this, you must first know that this is an honors class, and is therefore made up of nerds, geeks, stressed-out overachievers, and students desperate to please their parents (parents who reward the students well by putting a humiliating bumper sticker on their cars—this is also highly effective motivation for convincing one’s children to buy cars of their own).
Here we are: the honor students who spend all their time in detention. The school thinks it’s odd that so many academically able students are miscreants, but the administration refuses to take our word for it: Mrs. Vasquez’s pedagogy is trouble.