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Is Teaching a Mediocre Profession?

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This is a discussion on Is Teaching a Mediocre Profession? within the Member Polls forums, part of the Personality Type Forums category; Originally Posted by Kizuna Maji de? What about their students then? What does the students have to do with what ...

  1. #21

    Quote Originally Posted by Kizuna View Post
    Maji de? What about their students then?
    What does the students have to do with what a teacher does in their romantic life? Haha.

  2. #22

    Quote Originally Posted by Antipode View Post
    What does the students have to do with what a teacher does in their romantic life? Haha.
    Heh!!? I'm alluding to the (hopefully faint) possibility of his lusting after some of his students. After all, horror stories like these abound all over the globe, sadly.

  3. #23

    Quote Originally Posted by Kizuna View Post
    Heh!!? I'm alluding to the (hopefully faint) possibility of his lusting after some of his students. After all, horror stories like these abound all over the globe, sadly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shazam View Post


  6. #25

    The best don't teach at school. The best mentor. The biggest problem with teaching is that they pass on useless knowledge. The second biggest problem is that people with real skills apply themselves elsewhere.
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  7. #26

    Yeah it's mediocre as shit. That was what was so great about Breaking Bad. You had this genius dude who was a freakin high school teacher.

    I was a teacher, and I was not impressed. Other teachers know whatever they need to know about their subject and little more. They are just baby sitters basically. If they are good at classroom management that's the most important thing.
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  8. #27

    Quote Originally Posted by floatingpoint View Post
    I agree with whomever it was saying that teachers are undervalued in society. It's a problem with capitalism, essentially. The most talented people are flocking to the occupations that pay the highest salaries, creating a situation where there's literally a shortage of teachers. The only way to attract more qualified and competitive candidates to be teachers is to offer salaries and benefits that rival those of competing industries, such as engineering, tech, medicine, oil and gas, finance, etc.

    Of course, this is less true for the humanities, since it's harder for those of us without a strong background in quantitative disciplines to go into more lucrative fields (or, being idealistic fuzzies, we're simply more inclined to industries like social work, teaching, and mental health because we find them more fulfilling). The result of this is that the United States teachers are actually doing a generally solid job of promoting literacy, at least according to the PISA international education tests. It's in STEM fields that American students are trailing behind.

    But back to the capitalism argument: it's incredibly short-sided to treat our education system as anything less than an investment that is paramount to securing the future welfare of future generations, especially as blue collar, automated work is replaced by jobs requiring high-levels of abstract thinking and learning. Right now teachers across the country are protesting the fact that they're not making enough money to survive. Especially as a teacher of means, there is no way that I would ever move to or stay in a state where I wasn't treated well (ranging from expensive regions like Silicon Valley and Hawaii to states in economic crisis, such as West Virginia and Kentucky). When teachers aren't compensated well, they leave, causing students and communities to suffer.

    Of course, none of this changes the fact that there are terrible teachers out there, just collecting (puny) pay checks. But unless we're willing as a country to make an investment in the future of our children and communities... you get what you pay for.
    Amen to this.

    Quote Originally Posted by Skeletalz View Post
    Youve made the mistake of lumping all teachers into one when really, it isnt that simple. For public schools, definitely, theyre mediocre jobs done by mediocre people and the whole system is a cause of many of the problems of young people.
    That mistake is repeated here, though. Some public school teachers do a phenomenal job; they change lives and those lives in turn change the system. Others are mediocre, or terrible. Regardless I think the state of schooling - public schooling, particularly - is more a symptom than a cause... if anything, it is education that is the sun occasionally coming out from behind the clouds.
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  9. #28

    The process of transmitting knowledge is very satisfying.
    Explaining allows one to better understand what they know and what they don't know. It also allows one to structure their knowledge (I'm an INTJ and I like this).
    In terms of usefulness, teachers have a great role in influencing the future. They are the ones who provide the base for future progress and can shape the way people will live.

    The economical situation in many countries is such that being a teacher is not a desired career choice. Even when this is the case, some portion of the teachers are still very good educators. Of course being a good teacher is also a question of motivation - I've had experience with somebody in the university who was putting much more effort and explaining much better in a class where people went due to their choice, compared to a class where people went due to obligation.

    Even if teacher is not a desired profession, this doesn't make it mediocre.

  10. #29

    I think it's an overrated profession, but some teachers really are excellent. I believe professors at college and university level are generally more knowledgeable in their respective fields. I have to admit I wouldn't mind instructing in my field, maybe part-time, later in life, after I have achieved more in my profession.

  11. #30

    Walter Bishop says it's "a noble profession." I might not have gotten along with all my teachers back in the day, but I tend to agree with Walter. Being a mentor is hard work, especially because it means you have to die (so say the trope lords).

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