Rhettoracle's Blog

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What is up with that name?!

Rhettoracle?!  Where did you come up with something so strange / lame / stupid / whatever?  (or maybe you think it is awesome, so I will rephrase and ask, “Where did you come up with such a perfect blog site name?”)  OK, mainly it is a play on my name, Rhett (that is as much personal info as you are getting out of me).  Second, rhettoric and rhettorical were both taken by the time I jumped on the blogging bandwagon, and I therefore, played around with the “oric / orical” part of the word and was able to use “oracle”.  I am, however, partially ashamed of the “oracle” part of it.  From http://www.thefreedictionary.com, oracle is defined as


a. A shrine consecrated to the worship and consultation of a prophetic deity, as that of Apollo at Delphi.
b. A person, such as a priestess, through whom a deity is held to respond when consulted.
c. The response given through such a medium, often in the form of an enigmatic statement or allegory.

a. A person considered to be a source of wise counsel or prophetic opinions.
b. An authoritative or wise statement or prediction.
3. A command or revelation from God.
4. In the Bible, the sanctuary of the Temple.
I am not (nor is this site): 1) a shrine for you to worship, 2) a priest who communes with a diety, 3) a prophet, 4) God, or 5) a Temple.  I hope though, you will agree that my use or “oracle” was simply to complete the sounds necessary in the word “rhetorical”.   Again, http://www.thefreedictionary.com defines rhetorical as “Of or relating to rhetoric”, and rhetoric is defined as “The art or study of using language effectively and persuasively”.  Hopefully, this blog will be used to discuss education effectively and persuasively.

April 20, 2010 Posted by | Introduction | , , | Leave a comment

So why am I doing this and what are the rules?

Why I am I doing this?

A little background: as I have been reading more and more about education situations around the country, I have found myself becoming more and more distraught about the future of education in the US.  So I started writing down some thoughts in an attempt to write a nice, concise letter to the editor of my local newspaper.  My “concise” letter was going on 3 pages in a Word document when I finally wised up and realized that what I had to say could not be condensed.  There is just far too much going on and too many issues that need discussion.  Additionally, in talking with some of my non-teacher friends, there is often wonderment on their part in trying to wrap their head around some of the nonsensical things that are going on with regard to education in this country.  Thus with some encouragement from others (mostly my dear wife) Rhettoracle was born.  The question I face now is, since I’ve taken the plunge to create it, can I keep it up?

Ground rules:

I am leaving much of my personal information off of here.  I don’t want information shared by me to be a reflection of the district of which I am employed, the people with whom I work, or the students for whom I work.  That said, being anonymous tends to reflect poorly on the author as questions of validity are inescapable.  For me, that is OK.  If you are reading this, you don’t have to believe that I am a 10 year veteran to the teaching profession with a master’s degree in education and National Board Certified; therefore, please, let’s dispense with the “how can we trust this source” comments.  Instead, I encourage you, the reader, not to worry too much about the author, but rather the information.  Regardless of who I am, the information is the same, and you can either agree or disagree with it.  I encourage you to post responses both agreeing and disagreeing with my statements in an effort to help all of us try to come to some conclusions about what is happening in the world of education.  AND I URGE AND ENCOURAGE YOU TO SEND THE LINK OF MY BLOG TO ANY OF YOUR EDUCATOR FRIENDS! I would love for this blog to grow and for meaningful discussion to come out of it.

With such encouragement, I also ask for your cooperation: if you know me, please leave my name out of your comments or any other info that might identify me.  Additionally, please leave my location out of it.  All anyone needs to know is that I teach a subject to a subset of students in Somewhere, USA.  And finally, for those that know me, please don’t make reference to my blog on my Facebook page.  Like the old saying goes, it’s all fun and games until someone starts identifying people….or, uh, something like that.  Again, my interest is to inform the public, but also to ensure the protection my students, school, and district.  AND IF anyone actually reads and comments on this blog, I also will thank you to keep your comments clean, rational, and thoughtful so we can focus on the issues, and not trying to “save face.”

April 20, 2010 Posted by | Introduction | , , | Leave a comment