professornana (professornana) wrote,

Whatever it is, I'm against it

Last night BH and I took a break from our books to watch HORSE FEATHERS with the Marx Brothers. Aside from the frenetic humor, I appreciate the incredible talents of the brothers, especially their musical virtuosity. My favorite number, though, was Groucho dressed as a college professor singing "Whatever it is, I'm against it."

Professor Wagstaff: [singing] I don't know what they have to say / It makes no difference anyway / Whatever it is, I'm against it. / No matter what it is or who commenced it, I'm against it! / Your proposition may be good / But let's have one thing understood: / Whatever it is, I'm against it. / And even when you've changed it or condensed it, I'm against it! / For months before my son was born / I used to yell from night till morn: / Whatever it is, I'm against it! / And I've kept yelling since I've first commenced it, I'm against it.

There are some things I am against. I bet any reader of this blog could list them readily. As the new school year rolls out, though, I am already seeing posts about AR and how it is being used in schools. I'M. AGAINST. IT.

Even if it is a small component of the ELAR program or simply a program kids use so teachers can track their reading. I'M. AGAINST. IT.

Even if it is not used to compute grades. I'M. AGAINST. IT.

Even if kids can select any book they like and not be held to a number of points or a level or Lexile. I'M. AGAINST. IT.

Even if it is to receive credit for summer reading. I'M. AGAINST. IT.

A "little" AR is like being a "little" pregnant.

Tags: ar, idiotic programs
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