My good friend and
mental mentor, Bill Ferriter recently waxed philosophical about the lessons for teachers can be squeezed from children’s animated television. I agree with him.
Just this morning, while I was watching cartoons
while my children sleep with my children, I came upon an episode of SpongeBob Squarepants that I had seen several times before. But, this time, I was able to appreciate it in a whole new light. The scene opens with Spongebob’s venerable boating teacher, Mrs. Puff, receiving a warning that her teaching license is up for renewal. Watch the clip below to see what I mean:
So, what’s the take-home lesson for our education system? Should we dwell on the fact that this teacher is being judged on her students’ passing rate? Should we be outraged at the ridiculous idea that a teacher could be fired because one of her students has failed repeatedly? Or, should we side with the inspector and place responsibility for our students’ success firmly on our shoulders? Should the powers that supervise teachers focus on data as the only measure of a teacher’s value?
Or, is this just another ridiculous plot line from a silly show designed to entertain children?
What do you think?