From my friends at Thirdcoast Digest and their weekly winners and losers column. I imagine you can guess in which category I found this item:

Gov. Scott Walker

In the aftermath of “Goldengate” or “The Toucheception” or whatever its being called now, Gov. Scott Walker tweeted this, about the unionized, striking referees: “After catching a few hours of sleep, the #Packers game is still just as painful. #Returntherealrefs.” And this after the state adopted a new “teacher equivalency license” that would allow teachers with no college degree to teach in Wisconsin public schools. So apparently, experience and training matter in the case of those who officiate games in the (revenue-sharing, parity-loving, basically socialist) National Football League, but not in the case of those who have the responsibility to educate the next generation of Wisconsinites. #Facepalm.

We’ve already talked about the importance of experience on the job and how important it is. But in one of the most visible examples of experience versus inexperience…Gov. Walker finds himself totally unable to translate that to the REAL world!

5 Responses to Another Take on Governor Walker and Those Union Thug NFL Referees!

  1. Patrick says:

    You are half right. Experience does matter–far, far more than any of the stuff you learn at the colleges of education. One can be taught the theories behind effective lesson planning, instruction, and assessment in a few days–at most. What one can’t learn in a few days–or in a university classroom–is how to finesse a reluctant learner into picking up the book or how to convince a student that she can write an essay or solve a difficult equasion. Anyone with even a passing familiarity with the classroom could tell you this.

    If you think experience is important, who cares how one comes to the classroom. Teachers entering the profession through the equivalency program have relavant and significant professional experience and must pass the same tests college kids do. Perhaps you are the one who cannot see the real world. In the real world success is what matters. Stop filtering everything through your jealousy.

  2. “Stop filtering everything through your jealousy.”

    Stop making assumptions…

  3. forgotmyscreenname says:

    My problem with the college degree route is that they major in education, which as Patrick pointed out focuses on lesson planning, assessment, etc. rather than mastering a subject and learning how to teach it. Math teachers should major in math, etc. The result is a bunch of people who might know how to teach but don’t know very much about the subjects they are teaching.

  4. I’ll get back to you guys when I can get a computer that I am not borrowing…but as a holder of an education degree from UWM…I can tell you that you are both wrong

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