Friday, May 28, 2010

My Guest Post On TransLeadership - Prompted By An E-mail From A Student

I was honored to receive an invitation to write a blog post on Tony Baldasaro's great blog TransLeadership. He had a guest blogger series going during the month of May that included some phenomenal educators.  The guest bloggers thus far have been:

  • Eric Sheninger - An amazing Principal from New Milford, New Jersey
  • Mary Beth Hertz - An inspirational teacher and award-winning blogger from Philadelphia, PA
  • Jason Bedell -  A teacher from Nashville who is one of the best at integrating technology into the classroom.
  • Gerald Aungst - An administrator, musician, and author from Featerville, PA
My post was What Do We Tell Students When They See What's Behind the Curtain? I would love your feedback on this post which talks about the differences that occur from one classroom to the next in regards to instruction, content, expectations, and grades. This is not a problem specific to BHS, it is a universal issue that is present at every level of education.  

The post was prompted by an e-mail I received from a BHS student that articulated this issue very clearly. I hope you are able to take a moment to read the post and respond.


  1. I really loved reading the comment from the anonymous student. We recently had a very similar discussion in our home in reference to the very same issue. My children have different teachers with different styles.

  2. I also feel the same way about the disparity between one teacher's instruction and another's. I don't think there is an easy way to completely solve this but we could try to make it less of an issue. Perhaps, all teachers should include effort as one of their grading criteria. Otherwise, would it be possible to only have one teacher responsible for all the honors classes?

  3. This is an issue that students will face forever, and not just in academia. Is it better to give them the tools to deal with it now or to make it go away and have it be a bigger culture shock when they get to college or their first real job?

    Havng graduated from BHS, I know the disparity. I had the hard teachers and the easy teachers. I'd bet this student has benefited from the easy teacher before in their schooling (and I doubt they wrote you a letter about having it easy.)

    As a parent, I would much rather teach my child to deal with the inequity and control what they can control. I do applaud the student for writing to you, as it shows assertiveness. However, I don't think the answer is to find a way to make all equal. It's a common misconception that equal is the definition of fair. Sometiems life throws you the hard teacher, the tough boss or the co-worker who skates by on their name or reputation. If we teach our kids that whining to the principal will take care of things are we raising a generation that will whine to the CEO because their boss told them they couldn't take a vacation day?

    I recently had to read this article as part of a lecture series for educators. If you haven't yet, it is worth a read: