What Is Teaching?
This is an interesting question to explore at this particular juncture on Ben Wood Post. So far, we have debated several issues pertaining to education. We have also examined aspects of school law. But there is more to education than meets the eye. The teaching profession is certainly one of them.
It is time to bridge our discussions into the mechanics of the educational process. It is time to examine the teaching profession itself. This segment will do just that.
There is no doubt that teaching is the foundation of education. It could also be said that teachers are the backbones of the schooling enterprise itself. This is true no matter where that enterprise might be (or located). But what is teaching in the most fundamental sense of the word? To be honest, I am not sure that there is a universal way of answering this query.
The Act of Teaching
What constitutes the act of teaching is not set in stone. This is to say, there is not a unique way of being a teacher. Nowadays, however, the common belief is that teaching could be customized to reflect a particular ideal. I do not reject that view per se.
Later in this series, I will examine approaches to the concept of teaching in depth. I will also examine growing trends in the profession. For now, let us say that understandings regarding the act of teaching have departed considerably from traditional beliefs.
Let me also say that presenting an in-depth examination about the concept is not my goal in this short installment. That being said, this work is an introduction to a series of posts about the subject. But keep in mind that the arguments I proffer in these posts are not the results of a particular empirical investigation.
I reckon that the concept could be hard to decipher. But that does not mean that we could not speculate about the meaning of this popular notion. Let us do that instead.