Nothing beats a game where contestants get to vote each other off an island, out of a house, or back into irrelevancy. So today, you will have your chance to play Survivor: Educationville with me. I am your host, Mr. McNamar.
Currently in Educationville we have the following players:
Students: Students come as a package, unless you live in a really wealthy community. The student section of Educatioville is made up of English Language Learners, Special Education students, rich kids, poor kids, healthy kids, unhealthy kids, motivated kids, unmotivated kids, high IQ kids, low IQ kids, athletes, band "geeks", well...you get the picture.
Teachers: Teachers also come as a package. The teacher group of Educationville is made up of content area teachers, old and young teachers, newbies and tenured, traditionally certified and alternately certified, more effective and less effective.
Administrators: Again, a package deal. This group consists of former coaches, teachers, and "outiseders". There are dictators, collaborators, recluses, and leaders. Some are effective, others are not.
Central Office Staff: (Package deal) Unfortunately, we did not have room for secretaries. The Central Office Staff has superintendants of all qualities, assistant sups', curriculum directors, assessment directors, athletic directors, human resource managers, and any other "big wig."
Board of Education: (Package deal) Wonderful people who run for this political institute. Some are moms, dads, business people, etc.
Politicians: (Package deal) From the President to the town mayor. All have arrived in Educatioville for the competetion.
Education Theorists: (Package deal) You know them as "researchers." Most have never taught a day in their life, but their research must be valued. They spout out opinions, defend their position, and criticize Educationville for its failure to teach every kid everything that is important. Some even have blogs to tout their ideas and villify everyone but the student. *oops, I'm not supposed to make comments, just host the show. I retract the last statement.
Okay, Educationville is full. We don't have room for anyone else. Let the game begin. It works like this: there are no challenges, or dramatic music. You must simply decide who to vote out of Educatioville. You must support your reasons with your research based opinion. One might think the Theorists have an edge because they do these really time consuming and expensive experiments, but as host, I value actual experience. So, off you go.