Will I Lose My Master-gator?

31 05 2007

(Don’t) GO GATORS!

ESPN.com 5:29 pm Thursday May 31

After leading the Gators to the last two national championships, the 42-year-old Donovan has received a six-year contract offer from the Magic worth $6 million annually, a source told ESPN.com’s Pat Forde.

Team officials told the Orlando Sentinel, which first reported the story on its Web site, that Donovan is expected to take the job. But as of 4 p.m. ET, multiple sources close to Billy Donovan confirmed to ESPN.com’s Andy Katz that Donovan has not accepted the job yet. . . .

Sigh. The good old days seem so recent, almost like mere weeks ago . . .

Go Unschooling Sorooshians! (go to hell, Old Lady Wheelwright)

31 05 2007

Teacher Magazine online certainly lives up to its “Teacher” persona with this feature story supposedly about the resurgence of unschooling in popular culture. Guess who is still against it though?

Why, the old schoolmarms of course, you can practically hear the snarl and spittle, see this one bodily squeezing diamonds out of coal “behind” her imposing desk and then leaving them in her seat, when she rises to tower over some note-passer or gum-chewer, the better to brandish her pince-nez in their faces! 🙂

“That is the romantic notion,” said Gretchen Wheelwright, a retired high school teacher, principal and professor at Troy University in Alabama. “It was resurrected in the ’60s for the hippies. Go out and everybody make love and the world is going to be a beautiful place. Our experience is that isn’t what happens.”

Wheelwright said unschooling is a disservice to children.

She remembers public schools trying a similar approach in the 1960s and ’70s, when students could choose their own classes they wanted and work on self-directed projects.

“You saw the results five, 10 years later. They didn’t know anything,” Wheelwright said. “They had vast gaps in areas that they should have known.”

P.S. This is my satirical swipe at unexamined prejudice, which I feel this education expert deserves for what she’s dishing out here. Read at the link for the wonderful part, about Pam’s daughter Roya. Way to go, y’all — and I notice the article doesn’t mention that Pam can match Old Lady Wheelwright’s professorship and even trump her, with that oh-so-uptight schoolish subject MATH . . .

(Now watch, someone will find a lovely color photo of Gretchen Wheelwright, and it’ll turn out she’s younger than I am, at which time I will say it’s who she is on the inside that counts.)