What teachers need to learn

Muriel Spark on education:

To me education is a leading out of what is already there in the pupil's soul.

And George Fillmore Swain:

The aim of education is purely utilitarian, and is expressed more clearly by the word power than by any other. Its object is to give the man power to meet the problems of life, and to develop all his faculties to the greatest degree.

It’s stuff like this that should be taught to teachers (yes, teachers), and not just the school’s policies regarding what can people wear on campus or how loud can they speak in the corridors or how to make sure we get the results to show higher power how effective we are.

The school system is broken. The wrong people end up systematically placed in the wrong courses, learning about the academic part that yes, does matter, but on the other hand failing to get to know the real reality of work and life, and happiness while doing both, and why we’re going to do what we’re going to do (not just how and what).

Two questions matter here:

  1. How can we lead out what is already in the “pupil’s soul” instead of just cramming in what we believe his or her soul should absorb?
  2. How can we empower students to make something different with what they’re taught, instead of merely emulating what was said in the classroom?

Other questions (How do we ensure everyone passes that class? How do we keep the school’s ratings high? How do we sell more courses to more people? How do we make a troublemaker an example to everyone? How do we sell our authored books as the reference in that area?) aren’t nearly as important to our students’ future.

... We’re doing this because of our students’ future, right?

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