08 March 2013

The Harlem what?

The Harlem shake, originally called the albee, is a dance introduced in 1981 by a Harlem resident named "Al B". The dance was initially referred to as "albee" after his name, but later became known as the Harlem shake as its prominence grew beyond the neighborhood. The dance became mainstream in 2001 when G. Dep featured the Harlem shake in his music video "Let's Get It". - Swiped from Wikipedia 

It's supposed to look like this: 

Then the annoying song "Harlem Shake" by Baauer came out. Quickly followed by a meme to go with the song:

It went viral not like in KIDS but equally disgusting if you ask me. I don't find it funny, the song is not pleasant and how did it go viral? I was out with my sister last Friday to talk shop and have a beer at a local sports bar. And for the 9 patrons in the bar the music was way too loud and no one was dancing. We had to suffer the "Harlem Shake" for what felt like 15 minutes. Okay maybe more like 5 minutes but that's 4 minutes and 59 seconds too long. 

Today we had a staff in-service day. You know, where teachers collaborate on stuff, do workshops and discuss up coming events. It seems that one of the departments is a pretty tight knit group. So though I can't stand the song it was nice to see camaraderie. Also, for all those kids that think teachers are no fun and all fuddy-duddys; take that. Older doesn't mean uncool, boring or unsympathetic.  

I could go on and on but I will just say this.  There are few, too few teachers who are worth their weight in gold.  And far too many that don't teach; they merely act as a regurgitation device.  They spew the same lesson plan year after year.  They don't challenge the future, they allow it to become complacent.  They don't continue to learn in order to adapt with new methods, technology or curriculum.  You guys suck!  YOU are the reason kids are failing (aside from parents no making kids strive).

So to those few who push their students to work as hard as they do; for those that help creative minds develop and those who truly care about teaching the future generations:  Thank You!  We need more like you and there are people who appreciate you.

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