Disclaimer: I have NO political quarrel with any of the opinions mentioned here! I’m also not posting this to antagonise anyone or upset anyone of any political persuasion – it’s just my opinion. Ok, if you’re still with me, read on.
I miss most trends.
Take “Twin Peaks” for example. My classmates were debating the minutiae of Laura Whatsername’s untimely demise while I was still thinking about just why it was that Bagpuss had to finish when it did. I missed the craze for 24, Lost, The West Wing and goodness knows what else besides. Don’t tell me, I don’t wanna know…
Dogme teaching debates are no exception. The other day I stumbled upon an exchange between the great and good of ELT and, apparently, Marxism.
I’ve attached the link here so that you can see what I’m on about – and it really is quite an exchange, running into scores of comments about, essentially whether or not Dogme ELT is based on fundamentally “good” principles or whether Scott and Luke simply took what they wanted from various teaching philosophers and used this to prop up their argument.
I have to say that I was quite shocked at the amount of vitriol… without wanting to intrude on a political debate about which I know little or nothing, I felt quite compelled to comment.
For me, the arguments set down here against Dogme bear little or no relation to how the approach can help students and teachers in the classroom and indeed seems an attempt to have a political row for the sake of it.
But I haven’t had a response yet… perhaps Marxism is sleeping, waiting for a firmer foe to face. Nonetheless, I wanted to share my comment and indeed the whole debate for those who didn’t see it.
Like I said, I miss most trends, so perhaps you’ll think my “bit” either misplaced, inappropriate or just plain late? See below (you’ll need to click to expand…):