Sunday, October 30, 2011

Blog Post #10

Do You Teach or Do You Educate?
This video does a great job drawing a line between teaching and educating. I definitely believe there is a difference. Teaching is an instructional process only allowing someone to obtain and regurgitate information; it leaves out substance. Educating can leave lasting impact on a student. An educated student never stops learning.

My Mother was an English teacher for thirty-five years, and it was her passion for educating that has inspired me to become an educator. She had profound impact on every student that entered her classroom. As a future history teacher, I want my students to leave my classroom remembering more than names and dates. I want them to know and understand the significance of those names and dates. I hope my educating will encourage more young people to seek truth and understanding for the rest of their lives. People should never stop thinking and asking questions.

Tom Johnson's Don't Let Them Take the Pencils Home!
Tom Johnson’ argument is similar to one I have developed. As an educator, be willing to work to your students’ strengths. Give students access to whatever equipment will help them learn be more interested in opportunity rather than accountability. That goes for all students and all learning. Don’t make assumptions about marginalized students.

However, his argument does have one flaw; it is too satirical. I read some of the other comments, and many people drew different and somewhat inaccurate conclusions. When making an argument, sarcasm should be used sparingly. I feel he may have lost, if not insulted, his audience through his sarcastic tone.


  1. It's not sarcasm. It's a metaphor which you missed. But you are certain;y not alone.

    Additional Assignment: Read these three posts:

    1. Metaphors: What They Are and Why We Use Them

    In that post there is a Special Assignment. Do that assignment in a new post which is Additional Post #1. It does NOT substitute for Blog Post #14 as it did in the Spring semester.

    Due midnight Sunday November 20, 2011.

    2. Metaphor Discussion Update

    3. Jennifer Asked: Why Use Metaphors? Here is My Answer

    4. For more information also see:
    You Missed the Point! It's Not A Pencil…"

  2. Hey there Kevin!
    My name is Katie and I, too am in EDM 310 with Dr. Strange. You are very right about the differences between teaching and educating. Teaching is what all teachers most of the time like to do: engrave it in your brain, then test you on it and never remember it again. Educating is having the students fully involved and watching them actually understand the significance of different subjects and concepts. As for the second post, I think he was talking about letting the kids learn however they can, whether it be unorthodox ways, or straight traditional ways.