19 août 2015

Utilisez la peur pour gérer votre classe, sinon...

Excellent article à propos de cette idée ridicule qui veut que les profs qui terrorisent leurs élèves sont les plus compétents. Je peux témoigner que cette perception est bien vivante et bien présente au Québec. J'ai toujours refusé cette approche et on me l'a souvent fait payer très, très cher.

Voici quelques extrait de l'article:

Public Schools to Teachers: Run Your Class on Fear or Get Fired

As part of a burgeoning new public school program called “No Nonsense Nurturing” teachers are required to wear earpieces. They’re reminded to be less enthusiastic and “expect 100 percent compliance.” And in at least one high profile case, the teachers who objected were let go.

(...) When I first heard of a system called “No Nonsense Nurturing,” via a middle-school teacher Amy Berard’s first-hand account (first published at the EduShyster blog), I thought of Mrs. Thompson, whose entire being seemed to be anti-nonsense.

(...) Somewhere along the line, the school reform movement decided that fear would be their governing value.

(...) As Berard says: As my students entered the room, I was supposed to say: “In seats, zero talking, page 6 questions, 1-4.” I don’t even talk to my dog like that. Constant narration of what the students are doing is also key to the NNN teaching style. “Noel is finishing question 3. Marjorie is sitting silently. Alfredo is on page 6.”

(...) In the end, Amy Berard’s own students implored her to “just be herself.”

The whole story is heartbreaking, made even moreso by the shills in the comments showing up to claim that this garbage somehow transformed their teaching.

But as Peter Greene notes, the core principles of No Nonsense Nuturing:

1. I have to earn the respect of my students.

2. I expect 100% compliance from all of my students 100% of the time.

… are inherently contradictory.

Compliance has much more to do with fear than respect. It’s not a particularly inviting atmosphere in which to learn.

(...) Somewhere along the line, the school reform movement decided that fear would be their governing value. We will be afraid that students aren’t learning. We will be afraid that teachers aren’t teaching. The reformers are now so desperate, that they’re repackaging fear as nurturing.

To overcome this fear, we embrace these systems, things we can control, without questioning if those things we can control really have value. Standardized testing begets standardized instruction, which squeezes out electives like art, music, dance, which begets bored and disengaged students, which requires programs oriented around compliance and control.

Here’s the worst part. Even when these programs “work” and raise student achievement on these standardized metrics, they are harmful.

I see the results in my college classroom, where students increasingly arrive drained of curiosity and enthusiasm, waiting to be told exactly what to do and how to do it so they can jump through the next hoop, and the next.

They are anxious, and depressed. They have a hard time articulating their own goals and desires.

And these are the success stories.

(...) I cannot think of another profession that is treated more poorly—that is subject to so much counterproductive oversight and monitoring—as teaching. A teacher working with students while wearing an in-ear monitor should be something out of a dystopia, not a real-life classroom.

2 commentaires:

fylouz a dit…


Prof Solitaire a dit…

Hahaha, je suis vache mais je suis réglo! ;-D Ça devrait être le slogan du blogue! ;-)