But it's the other objection that really bugs me.
Beyond the unresolved legal questions, there are philosophical ones. Joseph McDonald, a professor at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development at New York University, said the online selling cheapens what teachers do and undermines efforts to build sites where educators freely exchange ideas and lesson plans.Oh, baloney. Trust an education professor to come up with something so dumb. Think of the incentives inherent in allowing teachers to earn that 75 cents. And if it saves some other teacher a half hour that they don't have to spend recreating the wheel, isn't that worth 75 cents?
“Teachers swapping ideas with one another, that’s a great thing,” he said. “But somebody asking 75 cents for a word puzzle reduces the power of the learning community and is ultimately destructive to the profession.”
I've been putting up various activities for free on the Internet for over a decade on my school website. However, if I had the time to polish things up into a marketable form, I'd be thrilled to put them up for sale. Unfortunately, most of what is involved in a lesson plan is just not reducible to a form that someone else could use unless I wrote down every point or historic anecdote that I make in class to enliven a lesson. But now that there's a market for lessons, perhaps, I'll think about polishing up such plans or tests. And boo on any professor of education who is getting the shakes about a teacher actually making some extra money from her efforts.