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Teaching: A Marginal Profession Filled with Career Hoppers and CV Builders

Posted on: September 20, 2015

The dictionary’s definition of a profession is “a paid occupation, especially one that involves prolonged training and a formal qualification”. It is my opinion that teaching has been reduced to a paid occupation and not only that but an occupation in which anyone can just walk off any job and walk straight into. I have never heard of an unqualified lawyer accepting cases and attending court or any other pertinent matters. I have never heard of a banker going into hospitals after a year of training to treat patients a doctor. I could go on with these scenarios because they just never happen in any other professions. It is rather discomforting the way this profession is referred to in the media as well. Teachers are often seen as third class citizens because apparently they have too much holidays on their hands. They are poorly paid, poorly treated, and yet they are expected to implement societal changes.

The teaching landscape has been changed so rapidly that it now seems like everything goes. The teaching profession has been so adulterated that walking into a staffroom today would probably cause headmasters and headmistresses of the past to regurgitate their intestines. This has resulted from insufficient teacher training. Teacher training today is all about subject knowledge, therefore anyone can enter the classroom as long as they are not ‘known’ paedophiles or any other form of criminals. Then again schools are now #purposebuiltexamfactories, churning out the next generation of Oxbridge worthy candidates so subject knowledge is paramount. Forget about the child’s social, emotional, moral, spiritual and physical needs. The purpose of a school is now strictly for schooling which means education received at school. This should not be because school is the second most important unit of socialisation in any society and its role supersedes the bare minimum. Schooling should serve the function of educating children and this means give intellectual, moral, and social instruction to someone, in this case, children.

As a result of government initiatives among other factors, schools are becoming very hostile and vicious places to work. The respect has diminished and more and more teachers are coming under attack. These attacks are coming from all directions such as parents, Local Authorities, media, government and even more often by the children that they teach. Teachers are being killed, wounded and abused physically and socially. Genuine love and care for children is not the incentive for staying in teaching anymore. Good teachers are leaving and the #careerhoppers and #CVfillers are coming in causing high staff turnover and major disruption in learning.

I think that teaching is now a marginal profession, so what do you think?

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