(Closed) NWR: Raising the Status of the Teaching Profession

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

This is my 12th year teaching and I agree that often teachers aren’t considered a high status profession.  I went to a workshop recently and a country (can’t remember which one) the smartest students go to school to be doctors or teachers and that isn’t the case in the US. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I don’t mean that students who aren’t smart don’t go into the teaching profession but that the majority of students want other careers such as doctors or lawyers.  I’m tired of how much pressure is put on teachers when in many cases the parents are the ones who should be to blame for their students lack of academic skills.  Something should be done to make the parents more responsible.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think the education of teachers needs to change.  I was a teaching major in college for a period of time, but decided to pursue a more academically rigorous degree instead. 

Especially when teaching the high school level, I wish more/most teachers would actually go to school for a subject, become an expert and then teach.  Basically, if you’re going to teach biology, I think you should have a Bachelor’s/Master’s degree in Biology with the appropriate supplemental teaching courses (instead of a degree in teaching).  Honestly, this would help teachers as well – teachers would be more knowledgeable about the subject, could potentially be marketable in other fields, etc.

One of the other differences I have read about is the time committment.  Apparently, it’s not uncommon in countries like Japan for teachers to be physically in the school building 60-70 hours per week (including Saturday classes).  I personally don’t know that many teachers in the US who spend that much time on site as well as complete off site responsibilities (i.e. grading papers, etc).

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