…and are the bane of the public school teacher’s existance.
This is what I read about on a public school teacher’s blog. I’m not going to link her blog, because I don’t think that a mass of angry homeschoolers is going to make the situation any better. But I did decide to reply with a little something. Here’s a snippet of her post:
And, if it is indeed true that anyone can teach, then why the hell do we have to jump through all these hoops? Why can’t anyone just walk in off the street and teach? I know some people who speak Spanish, couldn’t they teach my class? What about someone who’s a history buff- couldn’t they teach history? And an elementary classroom? Come on! We’ve all been to school, right? So doesn’t that qualify all of us to teach 1st, or 2nd or 4th grade? (elementary teachers, please note my sarcastic tone, I’m on your side)
Oh boy, the irony… it hurts. I wonder though – does she really want to know the answer? I wonder, when someone is a school teacher for that long, and is so used to always “having the right answer” that it keeps them from being a student of life anymore? Speaking of which, this is one of the things we can be easily sucked into at home with our kids. Parents do know more than kids, but, that doesn’t mean we know everything. And, to be honest, our personal opinions and views aren’t always “right”.
It’s a GOOD thing if our kids question us. And it’s a good thing that not everyone in the world agrees with us. It forces us to really think about our opinions. And, if someone says something that makes us want to run, or to tell them to shut up – odds are, we’re not facing our own prejudices. And we all have them. All of us. It’s in seeing them that gives us power, and fearlessness.
And as in the example of this teacher, our prejudices are often due to fear or a feeling of inadequacy. It’s rarely something to do with the other poeple or things we don’t like.
Anyway, why do teachers have to jump through so many hoops, as this teacher asks? My answer is: that’s a damned good question. And one that should be asked to the schools and how they are run, not to the homeschoolers who have figured out that not all those hoops are necessary to know how to teach one’s own child. There are in fact, hoops, but the hoops we jump through are different ones, more meaningful ones, and practical. Those hoops are called – the demands of life, and the demands that we do the best for our children. Nobody’s grading us or paying us. We have to use real-life natural consequences to know which hoops to jump through. So, asking why teachers have to jump through so many hoops – that’s a damn good question.
Anyone got an answer?