Hi Peter, Thanks for qualitatively enhancing the best practices of the blogosphere with the link to this informative article. It is surely in keeping with the demands of data driven accountability which will lead to an actionable plan of establishing a culture of evidence.
However, I have one issue. In what way does this article enhance student centered learning? Apart from critical thinking, I do not see how this addresses any of the other core competencies found in the standard student learner outcomes.
If you could address this issue by tomorrow, that would be great. ‘Kay?
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Tomorrow, I am going to reach out to all the key stakeholders in my politics seminar to see if we can have a conversation about the status of their end-of-semester deliverables. As I consider myself more of a learning coach than a teacher, I might also invite said stakeholders to reflect on whether they think we’ve achieved the majority of the course’s stated learning objectives.
sara, that’s pretty good, but you gotta admit that John’s takes the cake!
I agree with Carl that John is in the lead so far. But maybe both entries misunderstand the point of the contest. The goal is to use management-speak so ironically that nobody knows you’re actually “deconstructing” it or appropriating it for your alien purposes.
I think sara’s post works synergetically with mine…
All kidding aside, Peter is right. The empty vessels of jargon–of educrat adminspeak, for instance–are here to stay and may as well be repurposed (how ’bout that!) with irony to mean other than what they say. This would require mastery of its entire lexicon, which would require tedious labor and is why I can only resort to parody and ridicule.
Here’s a challenge–defend a liberal arts education entirely in adminspeak. Is this possible? If the words are already empty and admit of many meanings and senses, then the very use of the language itself calls into question the reality that the terms ironically repurposed would allegedly signify. This would led to radical skepticism detrimental to the aims of liberal education. No?
Such a defense of liberal education would emphasize rhetoric alone. One would have “power” as Peter says, but without knowledge. So it’s probably better to just read the Gorgias.
Maybe someone with the gifts of Walker Percy–with a combination of rhetoric and ethics–could write an education paper in adminspeak for ironic ends in the same way that Lost in the Cosmos deployed pop psychobabble.
I was tempted to send a paragraph from the parents’ mailing I just received from my daughter’s school, it reads almost like John’s comment, but with none of the irony. I was going to edit it and then pass it off as my contribution with tons of irony. I just couldn’t pick out a short enough piece.
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