For Your Own Edification…

Though experience is a requirement for almost every job, and extensive training is often required to hold managerial and decision making positions, teaching is one profession where the people making the big decisions are not teachers. In fact some, if not most, of them have never been in a classroom within the past few decades, let alone in a teaching position. It’s no wonder that teachers are having a hard time teaching anymore. Practical knowledge and experience will always beat out reading and static understanding, and teaching is a profession where experience and practical work are paramount for success. Those who have never taught a class cannot understand what is required to teach effectively, and therin lies the problem.

Though we can’t upend the system on it’s head for the sake of those trying to gain an education in this transitional period, we can still do what we can to educate those who cannot or will not teach. This is the value of an open door policy for a teacher. You are on the front lines, you are practicing what is preached, and you understand the pitfalls and needs of students, teachers, and schools. One could say it is your duty to educate the masses as well as your students. Oftentimes when doors are opened, and curtains pulled back, people will notice and care.  We are rarely interested in what is not under our noses and in front of our faces, and if you keep what goes on in your classroom under wraps you breed suspicion, ignorance, and misunderstanding.

Though you don’t have to explain every step of your process, or relate every difficulty you encounter, I think that at least being willing to share with those who ask will help others to understand and care about issues in education; whether the issue is as small as your classroom, or as big as economic inequality, no one can help or care if they don’t know and understand. And as someone who understands and knows the issues better than most, I think it is important and necessary for teachers to teach about teaching, not just English and math. And you should listen, for your own edification if nothing else.

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One thought on “For Your Own Edification…

  1. YOU: And as someone who understands and knows the issues better than most, I think it is important and necessary for teachers to teach about teaching, not just English and math.

    ME: Preach!

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