Many ways to Teach
One could examine the term teaching from several angles. For instance, one might say that teaching is the art of conveying information to others. Over the years, this activity has changed considerably. It is now a formalized process.
Teaching is now a profession. Generally, being a teacher is a formal professional title. Such a title could be the result of a position one holds at a particular educational institution. The title could also be acquired by sitting an exam. There is not a single way to becoming a teacher.
Under any circumstance, however, the individual must prove his possesses the right knowledge and skills. He must complete certain requirements, which would allow an entity, such as a board of education, to bestow on him the title of a certified teacher. Upon receiving this official title, the individual would become an educational professional.
Based on the above understanding, it could be said that the teaching profession is more akin to a business. I would say that it is the business of passing knowledge or transferring skills from one individual to another. But teaching is not that complicated. There is no mystery regarding the act of teaching. The act itself often requires little or no formal training.
You Can only Teach What You Know
One generally teaches what one knows. Since there is not a singular way of acquiring knowledge, teaching is not necessarily an acquired talent. To that extent, it would not be an exaggeration to say that anyone could teach, though not everyone always has the permission to do so. It could also be said that not everyone nourishes an avid desire to do so.
From this point forward, I will log a series of posts about education. These posts will not only examine education from a philosophical lens, but they will also explore the teaching profession in greater length. During my analysis, I will reflect on the ongoing debate regarding the standardization of the process of teaching. I will assess existing approaches to the concept.
A Mechanistic Approach
As noted earlier, there is not a single way to become a teacher. However, the process is very mechanistic. It has gotten to a point where it is almost a robotized undertaken.
In these series of posts, I will reflect on the profession. I will mostly examine the characteristics of a good teacher. The goal is reflect on the role a teacher tends to play in student performance.
I concede that I propose a daunting task here. Stay with me until the end of the post series. By then, you will get a good sense of my concerns about the future of education. You will also understanding my approach to the teaching profession. You will understand the reason I tend to take issues with a standardized regimen to education.