June 13, 2003
On not teaching

Alice Bachini has a nice bit today (If that doesn't work try the link to TCS below - bloody blogspot) about her life as a teacher. What a loss to the profession. Seriously, I bet she was excellent.

But what I found especially interesting was this first comment from Emma.

It interests me that so many TCS-ers or TCS-interested people (judging by a wide scientific survey of reading some of the tCS list posts ) have backgrounds as teachers, lecturers, whatever, or still work in the education industry in some way.

Do we get interested in TCS because we see ourselves co-ercing other people in our classes and think "I wouldn't like that to happen to me/my children"?

Or is it because we are trying to do our best to be friends/mentors/ information sources/whatever, but we come to the conclusion that the way people treat children in general makes it difficult if not impossible to do that cool thing within the system without being coercive?

I guess I should TCS-list this comment, but I'll leave it here too!

And now it's here too.

I'm sure that's right about the motivation for leaving, and then for wanting something different and better. And it illustrates why the present government plan for getting more teachers, which is based merely on the idea that there are lots of potential teachers out there who just have to be told to join the profession, and then they will. All it will take is a few TV adverts, and a few celebrities writing articles about teachers who inspired them, and the new teachers will step forward.

But what if those potential teachers have thought about it, along much the same lines as those TCS people, and they are staying away for the same kinds of reasons the TCSers went away?

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 09:59 PM
Category: How to teach