RENOWNED AUTHOR AND PROGRESSIVE education advocate, Alfie Kohn, continues his fight against traditional classroom teaching in "Feel-Bad Education." Kohn's twelfth book is a collection of essays detailing--as its title suggests--how conventional teaching, testing, praise and punishment methods create an environment unsuitable for learning.
As a result of pressures to raise test scores, "one Florida superintendent observed that 'when a low-performing child walks into a classroom, instead of being seen as a challenge, or an opportunity for improvement, for the first time since I've been in education, teachers are seeing him or her as a liability,'" Kohn writes in Feel-Bad Education.
Feel-Bad Education will be available in April 2011.
So here's Hollywood's response: a new genre called the feel-bad movie.
The plots of the feel-bad genre focus on revenge-seeking crime victims, terrorist assaults, disappearing Iraq vets and lovers who've learned to hate each other--really hate each other.
At the same time, the feel-bad genre (which is only in its early stages) is becoming downright oppressive.
The feel-good Elaine May-Neil Simon comedy has been reshaped into a feel-bad mess.
And not just that, the feel-bad
factor could spread among union members, bringing the country to its knees.
Day in and out--when I focus and act on the twofold love command rather than check off defects and peccadilloes on someone else's feel-bad
list--I approach God more as what I can be than what I should have been.
Caravans have been a victim of the feel-bad
factor and the market, which rolled downhill last year, looks set to hit rock-bottom in 1996.