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Thursday, November 30, 2006

And in Local News

The Elkhorn Independent reports in today's edition that a James Hartwick, associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, has won the 2006 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Religion and Education Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association. That's a Lot of Engraving, right there.

The title of this remarkable dissertation is "An Investigation Into the Spiritual, Religious, and Prayer Lives of Wisconsin Public School Teachers: the Inner Life of a Teacher". His motivation? " ... I feel that prayer helped me to be more centered, patient, understanding and ultimately more receptive to my students."

Or to put it another way, I believe my belief helps. Now, I know you'd have to be some kind of secularist asshole, and I am, to suggest that piling belief on belief pretty much leaves one with a pile of, well, faith. And not much else, from a purely scientific, and therefore damned, point of view. How are you going to prove such a thing to the nons, who might be a little uncomfortable with your third recommendation of setting aside a "sacred space" in public schools for teachers to prepare themselves spiritually to face the little gremlins at their charge?

Need more research, and onward marched our faithful charge to all corners of the, well, Wisconsin, to accumulate this scholarly body of evidence. And so it turns out that 60% of the 91.5% of teachers sampled believe that praying does make them a better teacher. Hey, I believe him! The paper may shed some light on this, and I'll certainly never know, but I am assuming the other 31.5% don't pray professionally. Do any of these believers not believe that prayer makes a difference? I doubt it.

And so we come to the realization more or less that all the teachers who believe in prayer believe it works. Brilliant!

Hopefully there's just enough tax dollars left to provide someone who can explain to me what the hell 60% of the 91.5% of teachers sampled means.


At 5:03 PM, Blogger Bullock said...

I looked up Mr. Hartwick at that esteemed institution UWW or 'you-wah'. In my day, it was known more for its sinners more than its saints.Seems Mr. Hartwick is a teacher of Curriculum and Instruction, which I take to mean that fine trade of teaching. That should alone account for some of the praying. At best scenerio, it takes a passionate desire to get into that field in the first place.At worst, it takes a C average with no other career goals or prospects.Maybe it takes a little of both...
I have never understood the awards academics bestow on themselves for achievements that should be commonplace. Longetivity, hell yes, give him/her trips and prizes. But, a doctor of ed. dissertation on the goodness of prayer? Who signed off that masterly study?
That about as objective as the effectiveness and accountibility of tenured teachers.Maybe that 8.5% missing group was enjoying their pupil-free day at an offsite paid enrichment conference with catered lunch whose participation guarantees a 1% pay raise for every such session attended.Still as taxpayer, I'd rather pay for that than a lifer teacher with no ability, with or without prayer.


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