posted on May, 11 2013 @ 07:01 PM
I just left the teaching profession. I was in a school where I was told that a "Real Teacher" would just pass out worksheets and not ask the
students to think, give their opinion, or have to answer questions:“Just tell us so we can write down the answer”. Socrates would be spining in
his grave. The problem is that so many teacher are lectures and not guides. One of my principals use to say "If I have to die, I hope that it is in
a lecture; that way I would not notice”. I would love to have 1000 students like this young man rather than the worksheet technicians we train
everyday in the classrooms. I have over 20 years experience in the classroom and I say that more students need to stand up and demand that they get a
real education. If a teacher has not earned the respect of their students by doing the job than they shouldn't presume to have that respect. In that
video, I was most distrubed that the students were doing a worksheet while the person payed to teach was sitting behind her desk; doing whatever.
Where was the teacher?
A teacher is a person who has not just learned their subject, but also learned to make their subject interesting and exciting to their students. I
teach Latin. My class would start each day with a student lead discussion about current events and anything simular that had happen during Roman times
and how their culture felt about it. Student would look things up to talk about. They came to school excited to add something to the discussion and
were also happy to have their opinion respected. I mention this not to blow my own horn, but rather to point out that any subject, even a 2000 year
old “dead” language can be made interesting. You do not force students to learn; you place it out there and make them want to open the box to see
what is in it. Or a more common example "you pull a rope to you, not push with one".
My final statement it that worksheets are busy work that show the students that education is not important enough to the teacher to put any effort
into it; so why should they? Mark Twain said,”I never let my schooling interfere with my education” and “For practice God made idiots then he
made school boards”