Q: Why is there no objective posted on the wall of the surgical theatre?

CC0 Public Domain. Free for personal and commercial use. No attribution required. Click on image to see original. A: Because once doctors have completed their training and been licensed by their state governing board, they are trusted to know what they are doing, and are respected as professionals.

When I taught in Baltimore we were required to post the instructional objectives for every lesson on the board….EVERY DAY! It was the most amazing waste of time for us (teachers), and completely useless for the students. I rationalized the waste of my time by thinking that it was simply a quick reference for the administrators and North Avenue officials who could pop into my classroom at any time, allowing them to see what the focus of my lesson was for that day at a glance….AS IF any of them had memorized ALL the state standards for ALL the subject areas at EVERY grade level.

The requirement to do this is something that was surely concocted in some meeting attended by education policy “experts” (most often these are failed teachers who left the classroom because they couldn’t cope with the realities of the public school classroom, dealing with other people’s children, etc.), so they can justify their existence.

What it really does is place an added burden on teachers and interfere with our teaching by taking up time that could better be spent planning, grading, and–most importantly– building relationships with students.

Teachers undergo many years of training, and are licensed by a state governing board, just like doctors, lawyers, nurses, and many other professionals.  No one knows our content area standards better than we do.  Writing them in the lesson plan should be more than enough. I am so grateful my school doesn’t require me to do this.

Mr. Rogers

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:DivaMan_as_Officer_Clemmons.pngI wish I had been able to play Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood for my daughter when she was a pre-schooler, but since I had to work and she was always at daycare during the show I was unable to do it. I wasn’t able to watch it myself,  even though it aired in 1968, because my Mom wasn’t into educational programming or  wasn’t aware of PBS, so I didn’t know about Mr. Rogers until I was in college.

As a teacher, I review a lot of educational programming. Mr. Rogers is hands-down the BEST that there is; better than Sesame Street, and Sesame Street’s pretty darned good.

But if I had been able to watch, and let my daughter watch, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, both of us might have had better emotional skills and equipment for dealing with 1) all the trauma from my own childhood that interfered with me being the best possible parent, and 2) all the trauma in her childhood resulting from that, as well as us living with an alcoholic before I was able to recognize that’s what was happening, and the resulting devastating wake left by that broken marriage.

But you don’t have to be traumatized to get the most out of Mr. Rogers! He was simply brilliant at communicating with children, and helping them find their voice and ways to express themselves in a healthy way.

Do yourself and your children (and grandchildren) a favor and watch Mr. Rogers. It’s simply the best children’s programming ever created.

You can learn more about Mr. Rogers and his unique way of speaking to children by reading this article: Mr. Rogers Had a Simple Set of Rules for Talking to Children