Saturday, February 9, 2008

Duct Tape 101...Sorry, no extra credit for taping students to their seats!

What was this teacher thinking? Another teacher gets her teaching degree prematurely (last June according to this news article).

Again, John Taylor Gatto writes in 'The Underground History of American Education':

"Nobody should be allowed to teach until they get to be forty years old. No one should be allowed anywhere near kids without having known grief, challenge, success, failure, and sadness.

We ought to be asking men and women who've raised families to teach, older men and women who know the way things are and why. Millions of retired people would make fine teachers. College degrees aren't a good way to hire anybody to do anything. Getting to teach should be a reward for proving over a long stretch of time that you understand and have command of your mind and heart.

And you should have to live near the school where you teach. I had some eccentric teachers in Monongahela, but there was not a single one didn't live close to me as a neighbor. All existed as characters with a history profiled in a hundred informal mental libraries, like the library of her neighbors my grandmother kept."

I'd like to add that no one should be allowed to teach young children unless they have children of their own! How many more of these college graduates are out there in charge of children in the class room?

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