A Popular Misapprehension About Teaching
There is a popular misapprehension in education. It is concerning the teaching profession. The presumption is that a teacher can be either good or bad. Here, let us dissect that understanding in depth.
The common belief is that every teacher must be made from scratch. By that logic, we are to presume that teaching is akin to an assembly line. Teaching is not an autonomous act. The teacher is an instrument or a tool.
Based on the above understanding, one might say that teaching is a skill, which a person could only acquire via a particular means. But if that were to be the case, it would also presuppose that there is no such a thing as an innate teacher. I disagree.
As I have discussed in previous posts, this is hardly the case. In my view, there is no exclusivity in teaching. Of course, I am not suggesting that anyone could teach so long as the person possesses a skill, no matter what that skill is or what it might be.
A Subjective Assessment
The understanding that there is a distinction between good and bad teaching is subjective in nature. The learner himself could not arrive at such a conclusion. If you do not know what you are being taught, you could not know whether the knowledge the teaching is passing to you is done [or being taught] the right way.
The paradox I am trying to point our here is that only the learner could determine who is a good or who is a bad teacher. As previously noted, however, this is impossible, at least at inception or in the beginning. To that extent, determining who is a good or a bad teacher remains an arbitrary undertaken.