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originally posted by: TrueBrit
a reply to: FortAnthem
I have Celtic roots. All my teachers bar three, all the way through school, had similar heritage in that regard. I would rather have had BETTER TEACHERS, of any colour, creed, or species even, than the sorry bunch of lackwits who mistakenly thought themselves intellectually capable of informing me of anything.
As it was though, one of my geography teachers was more fond of screwing one of the art teachers in the supply room next to the class room... loudly, than he was in teaching, or any aspects of geology as applied to continent formation, and that was the sort of class of gormless moron which taught most of the subjects. Many of the teachers at my old schools were multi taskers, the sort who would teach PE, and do maths on the side...
Frankly, I am appalled that the minimum requirement for teaching is not as follows:
1) And most important... Genius IQ. In order to be capable of imparting knowledge, one must possess an abundance of it, not just enough to qualify in a subject. No one should be forced to place their intellectual development in the hands of someone who has barely developed their own. Trust me. I had to, and it STINKS.
2) Decade minimum of subject experience in the field. There should be no teachers who have not had academic careers of some merit, outside of teaching.
3) All teachers should rigidly specialise. For example, no one should be teaching science as an umbrella subject, unless they have had practical experience in each discipline covered by it. That is basically the same as saying, that the person who teaches biology should never be the same person who teaches physics, unless they are a polymath of course, but they are so statistically rare as to be irrelevant to this discussion, realistically speaking.
4) In addition to 3) above, teachers should only teach their expert level subject. Your geography teacher has no business instructing a drama class.
THAT is a formula for proper teaching.
What colour a persons skin is, has no bearing on whether they are good teachers or not. These things should be decided on an individual basis, not as a blanket set of rules, which demand x amount of teachers of each shade of man, but on the intelligence and capability of the applicant for a position.
What an utterly disgraceful mess.