In an attempt to regain sanity in education, I have invented a new educational philosophy: JFT. Just Fucking* Teach. Here’s how it works:
The next time you sit in a meeting where you are being told about the Common Core, or the new APPR, or your recently-published value added scores, or whatever it is that is taking up your time for the moment, take a deep breath and remember that no matter what the powers that be do to this profession that we all love, good teaching will remain good teaching. However you have to dress it up, and whatever jargon you have to insert in to your lexicon to broadcast the fact that you are aware of the new order of things, when the door is closed, and the kids are in your room, just do your job to the best of your ability, and logic would suggest that everything will be fine and dandy.
Now, if NYS would be kind enough to send some of that sweet rubric money my way…
*- Not a word choice taken lightly. I would suggest that if ever this particular word were appropriate for the high discourse on offer here at the Pod, this would be the time.