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Smart teacher, silly parent

January 31st, 2014

The system described in this blog is a great one and it would be smart if it were implemented in every classroom.

The writer has some unfortunately dangerous ideas about what teachers are and do. She describes teaching as a “sacred trust” and the teacher concerned as a “love ninja”.

Purple prose aside, teaching isn’t a sacred trust, it’s a job. An important, no, critical job of possibly unrivaled sensitivity, but it’s just a job.

Systems don’t achieve anything. People do. If you built a system that requires “love ninjas” instead of “paycheck cashers” that system is doomed to fail. And schools are failing. There are bright spots where good souls doing hard work achieve greatness but these do little more than show off how bad it is everywhere else.

We’ve got to stop looking at teachers like miracle workers and start building them a support structure that realizes a lot of them are not divinely inspired to illuminate eager minds. They’re doing a job, just a job. A critical job of unparalleled sensitivity, but a job nonetheless. They’re not superheroes. Let’s stop expecting them to be.

(h/t Kari M)

ps I’m experimenting with WordPress formats. Hold on.

  1. Wooga
    January 31st, 2014 at 12:34 | #1

    And speaking as member of a related profession that is often sanctified…. it is a very short step from “this is a noble calling” to “the profession is its own reward, you’re so noble, what do you mean you expect a good/great wage and vacation and stuff?”

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