There have been many pages which have culminated into this one education page. This will be edited slowly but surely.
The topic of rigor is important in education - teachers should honestly look at their own teaching and ask if they would enjoy their own lectures and their own lessons. They should ask if their topics are interesting and meaningful.
However, I must draw the line with some education texts that blame teachers for students' lack of interest in school. To cut across the grain, slice an artery, is to tell teachers they are all the same and there is nothing left for them except to take the blame and suffer the consequences of their own negligence.
I do not believe this and consider most teachers hard working supportive role models. Blameworthy is not a game in which I wish to engage. Moving forward with students and helping them understand and see what they are worth is much more my goal.
Rigor is approached in a castigating manner in Rigor is not a four-letter word. It is important to note that this is not the first text on Rigor I have read, nor is it the first time the concept of Rigor - also known former at SBHS as "up the rigor." The problem with the approach is one that is too methodical, very pedantic, and much more prescriptive and formulaic than I would wish from a text book that is asking me to be more rigorous in my teaching. It is great for guiding people who may not know much about bringing in challenging curriculum, but for me - this book is a preacher who speaks from his gut to move young children along. The text speaks to me as if I am some kind of child - it speaks with good citation, but doesn't speak from classroom experiences.
Much of the text is hands on development tool. It is definitely set up as a workbook to help teachers plan and set up what they will be doing. It alludes to Advanced Placement and the need to challenge students at higher levels to better engage students, however there are no real-world anecdotes nor tips and pitfalls of rigor.
Being an owner of "Dummy Guides" and "Idiot's Guide" - I speak with a heavy hand of authority when observing the text as one that reeks of the Dummy and Idiot's guide organization. To be fair, since Blackburn appears to have spent more time in elementary and middle school she would speak with authority at a lower register (insert the word grade level here).