Today I defended Dogme on another ANTIDogme blog post. This is becoming a habit, one I don’t intend to continue because it seems to be just adding fuel to the fire.
Here are my thoughts:
1)AntiDogme posts get hits and comments and are an easy way to potentially get famous or increase your stats
2)The criticisms are often very superficial
3)For some people criticising is the highest level of education when actually it is only a means to creating your own ideas/approaches but that takes serious work.
Why are people getting so angry and venomous towards to Dogme though?
Is it because:
1)It is too popular and people feel left out?
2)The ‘Dogme group’ seems to be too tight knit and people feel left out?
3)Dogme people think they are the best and scorn everyone else as inferior, or so it would seem?
4)Do people feel their view of teaching is being attacked and this is their retaliation
My opinion is that we should be developing whatever kind of teaching we do and helping our colleagues do the same. I really don’t understand why there is so much negativity and why people want to spend hours criticising Dogme and pointing at certain groups or members. What do they expect in return? Or do they want conflict perhaps?
There is always a reason behind human behaviour. Few people do thinks just for the heck of it.
The ‘Dogme gang’ is a group of people spread across the world who help each other in their teachers in many different ways. Is this illegal? Isn’t this what we should all be doing? Do we start having a go at you and your Audiolingual mates getting drunk in the pub? Er, no! Make your own friends or group, go on the net and write something about your views on teaching, reach out and find people who think the same then work together.
If I or my Dogme colleagues have insulted or angered any other teachers via our posts, talks, articles or reflections on our teaching, which we share openly for the good of everyone, then I think we are sorry. However, if you look at the sheer output of Dogme teachers and how much of it is open to all and how many of those people answer comments and questions and give ideas to anybody who asks them and the passion in which they do this and and and…well, that’s impressive and you should applaud it, whatever kind of teacher you are.
I’m sure this post will change nothing but I hope it plants a few seeds here and there….
I must now return to the Dogme cave where I’m meeting other Dogme teachers for a game of scrabble without a board.