The sound of teaching

In recent posts I have written about the need to move away from a culture in which academics tend to became teachers who prepare children to become academics, and that we need to develop a new relationship between teachers and the world of work, in which it is important for them to keep up-to-date with the practical realities and experiences of the present day that they can then pass on to their students.

So I was interested to read this item in yesterday’s paper:

Essentially, it seems that having been refused permission for time off to undertake a professional engagement, a music teacher took sick leave in order to go on a piano-playing tour in America, and it also subsequently emerged that she had lied about her academic qualifications.

Now I don’t want to condone the mis-truths she appears to have told, but the point is that when teachers are offered positive commercial experiences outside the classroom during term-time, it shouldn’t be necessary in the first place for them to have to lie in order to be able to undertake them. It is also interesting to note that, despite having misled the school about her qualifications, there is no indication in the article about whether or not she was a good teacher  – perpetuating the myth that having a Phd and an MPhil somehow by definition makes one a successful teacher – and even more so than having completed a teacher training course!

‘The schools are alive with the sound of teachers
With lessons they have taught for a thousand years…’

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