OK folks, the teacher in me can’t resist this one. I have been struck by the parallels I see in two public discourses. Bear with me as outline them. We will then explore some critical questions together (at least as much critical thinking as I can muster during standardized testing week).
People are fat . Well I never!…of course you don’t mean me? Well yes, just look at your BMI! That is a very limited and unrealistic measure that doesn’t consider other health factors. That sounds like an excuse. You are simply lazy and lack self-control. What about all the research on the impact of genetics? Of gut biomes? Of environmental factors? What about the fact that healthy food is more expensive than junk? Those sound like excuses. You simply eat too much and don’t exercise enough. Well, I don’t completely agree, but I would like to loose weight. Here is an expert program on diet and fitness that can help you loose weight. Thousand of people have bought this program. But the people who designed that program were never overweight, and there is no evidence this program works. I have an idea of how I can work some exercise into my schedule… Oh no, we can’t trust you to follow your own plan. Obese people drive up the cost of health care for all of us. You are the reason the heath insurance system is broken. Wow, sounds like you really hate fat people. Oh no, you have it all wrong! We are only trying to help; we want you to be healthy. Feels more like we are being shamed. Oh no, no one is shaming you. That is all in your head. Really? What about all those media messages and those judgmental looks…?
Teachers are bad (and perpetuate systemic racism). Well I never!…of course you don’t mean me? Well yes, just look at those test scores! (Especially for students of color and poor students!) That is a very limited measure that doesn’t consider other aspects of student growth. That sounds like an excuse. You just refuse to hold students accountable for highBad Teachers | The Patiently Impatient Teacher: