This site documents the difficulties I had during my year-long stint at Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP), which happily culminated in a Master's degree and a teaching credential.
I decided to go public with my story because I believe it highlights the disconnect between the public perception about teaching ("we need more great teachers!") and the reality as it exists in education schools, particularly the elite ones ("we need more teachers who agree with us!"). My story also points out the tremendous power that education schools have over their teaching candidates, thanks to the "recommendation" process.
I fought kicking and screaming the entire year, when saner souls with the maturity level of your average adolescent would have either quit the program or figured out a way to grovel in a language that Rachel Lotan would hear. As a result of my efforts, I have tons of documentation--and even better, in a way, no documentation of concerns before the school decided I was unfit for teaching. It's probably tedious to read, but my tale goes far beyond "she said, they said". I hope it can serve as a model for anyone else who runs into trouble.
More Information about Stanford and Me
- Why Go To Stanford if I Disagreed With The Ideology?
- What Happened on Admit Day?
- What's Missing From the Story
- Hell Month
OpinionsThe following are either journals from when I was blogging or classroom assignments:
- Reflection on My Test Policy
- C&I Reading Log: Teaching Math
- Journal: Jo Boaler on Progressive vs. Traditional Instruction
- C&I Reading Log: Curriculum
- Equity and Democracy, Can Opinions Subjugate? and the Gingerbread Man
- Literacies: Thoughts on Lisa Delpit's "Silenced Dialogue
- Literacies: Thoughts on Freire
- Literacies: How Do I Learn?
- Literacies: Reflection on Writing Instruction
- Linda Darling Hammond On Obama (day after the election), my notes.
- The Tyranny of Raised Hands
- Thoughts on Heterogeneous Classes
- Equity and Democracy: Thoughts On Tracking
- Equity Autobiography
- Literacy Autobiography
- Technology in the Classroom
- C&I Reading Log on Participation Structure and Learning
- C&I Reading Log on Math Misconceptions
- Journal: C&I, Classroom Discourse
- Journal: C&I, Day 3, Social Justice, Tracking
- Journal: C&I, Day 3, Social Justice, Gender
- The quintessential teacher, or paying a bunch of money to draw stick figures
- Survival Doodling
- Attempt to Rescind Admission
- Classroom Management Plan Rejection
- Supervisor Treatment
- Unwarranted "Concerns" Letter
- Harrassment Regarding Blog
Emails are exact quotes except where noted. I have tried to scrub all names except the ones already known. If I missed one and you see it, please let me know.
With one exception, all emails published here are public, formal notifications or demands. I have not published any private correspondence by the primary people named in this website (except, of course, the misdirected email). The one key exception are the emails my classmates sent about their supervisory experiences. I include these only to demonstrate the degree to which supervisory experiences differed, and I scrubbed these of anything that might possibly identify the classmate or placement school.