Is Teaching a Mediocre Profession?

Is Teaching a Mediocre Profession?

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    Is Teaching a Mediocre Profession?

    Public school, private school, charter school, religious school, higher education at college, childhood education, etc. ...

    Do teachers engage in a mediocre profession?

    You can argue what mediocre means in the comments, but I'll leave the poll options at yes and no. Some of you hate/hated school, some of you have had sucky teachers. I'm interested in hearing your views.



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    No, I'd say being a teacher is something one should definitely be proud of. Of course, I have always had the greatest respect for most of my teachers and professors. I'm hoping to be a graduate student instructor at least in the next few years, should I decide to do all that.

    Especially being a professor, I think, is one of the most respectable professions one can have.

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    I respect teaching as a profession. But like most professions, the day to day doesn't always live up to the concept. Doctor, fireman, police officer, scientist, etc. It's true about just about anything that might be considered a noble calling.

    I've had amazing teachers that made me love subjects. I've had teachers that just weren't very good. I've had teachers that were okay, but you could tell had lost whatever passion they started off with. But most cared about what they were doing, and did their best for the students under their care.

    I'd also say it's not always the teachers themselves. Sometimes, it's the students or the system that don't live up to expectations. I know a woman who trained to be a teacher. She wanted to teach at inner city schools. She got hired at one such school, and quickly discovered that the administration had higher priorities than ensuring a proper educations. Things like funding, teaching for tests, forcing high graduation rates, etc.

    I'm also concerned about the politicization of higher education at the moment. It's been awhile since I've been in school, so it's hard to tell how widespread it is or whether it's mostly hyperbole. But it's probably too broad a topic to discuss here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayDubs View Post
    I know a woman who trained to be a teacher. She wanted to teach at inner city schools. She got hired at one such school, and quickly discovered that the administration had higher priorities than ensuring a proper educations. Things like funding, teaching for tests, forcing high graduation rates, etc.
    That happened to one of my friends, and she is really turned off of getting a teaching job now.

    I'm also concerned about the politicization of higher education at the moment. It's been awhile since I've been in school, so it's hard to tell how widespread it is or whether it's mostly hyperbole. But it's probably too broad a topic to discuss here.
    I definitely want to learn more about the topic. My university is located in the middle of oil and gas country, and professors have left over not being allowed to publish research over damaging aspects of the industry, threats to public safety, etc. The university needs the money from the industry, but it hurts us as a scientific entity to be subjected to the will of the companies. I didn't consider that other universities were dealing with similar things, but I guess they are. Is there a place on the forum where people are discussing this topic?

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    It is [dependent] on the objectives, what they wish to accomplish as a teacher/professor, and their aim.

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    It depends what you mean really. If you mean is the idea of teaching mediocre then nah, not at all. I think the curriculum teachers are having to teach is extremely mediocre, but it's a very important role.

    If you mean in terms of job satisfaction then yeah that one's different, I'd reckon the job probably sucks for them with how the kids tend to behave. But in my opinion that's because of the schooling system. It's straight up broken and not fit for purpose at all and it stresses the students out. With how stressful the job must be with how the kids behave it's a complete shock to me that people go for teaching jobs.

    Unless it's private tutelage for a specific subject. That must be a pretty chill job to have.

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    Based just on my impressions, while it theoretically doesn't have to be and ideally shouldn't be, often.... yeah. A very large % of teachers, at all levels, are neither particularly good at their subject of choice nor particularly good at teaching itself, and basically defaulted into the profession.

    I of course have a lot of respect for teachers and professors I've known that were really talented and committed to what they were doing, but I've found them pretty rare.

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    I saw a news segment over here in Oz about universities churning out huge numbers of education students who lack basic numeracy and literacy skills. I even heard on the radio about bottom-of-the-barrel science and maths university undergraduates being 'encouraged' to study education! Obviously--you can't teach what you don't know, and a 'struggling' undergraduate isn't likely to be the motivated or knowledgeable type who can share his knowledge with school students. Maybe the perception of 'mediocrity' may have something to do with admission practices of universities that treat all students like potential cash cows at the expense of rigorous education and training?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ButIHaveCheer View Post
    I definitely want to learn more about the topic. My university is located in the middle of oil and gas country, and professors have left over not being allowed to publish research over damaging aspects of the industry, threats to public safety, etc. The university needs the money from the industry, but it hurts us as a scientific entity to be subjected to the will of the companies. I didn't consider that other universities were dealing with similar things, but I guess they are. Is there a place on the forum where people are discussing this topic?
    You might try Critical Thinking & Philosophy, Debate, Current Events, or Education & Career Talk (though that one is usually more about getting advice about schools or job search). I don't know of a current thread for it, but you're welcome to start one wherever you think it might fit.

    Such a thread would likely get politically polarized (much like the problem), which is why I don't want to discuss it or take sides here. It would likely derail things.
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    It's an important profession, and very rewarding.


     
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