Bad Teaching vs Good Teaching

A bad teacher can willfully or even unconsciously damage a child’s growth, interest in the studies and the grasp of one or more subject. A boring teacher can destroy a child’s curiosity in a particular subject or curiosity in general. A biased teacher can turn a child perspective upside down and skew his/ her morals. In short, a teacher is a guide to the universe and a bad guide spells trouble.

A personality clash between the student and the teacher is also a critical factor in successful bonding between a child and a teacher just like its is with a parent. While parents are genetically or emotionally (adopted child) invested in a child’s ability to learn and thrive, a teacher has no other incentive than a paying job and personal ethics.

The question of the hour is; Are there enough good teachers for all our children ? Teacher who can bond with our children and teach them the knowledge that they seek. The answer, sadly to that question is no.

Teachers, the good ones especially, are precious commodity, just like every good thing in the world. They are tenured and therefore tethered, to their elite schools early in their career, which pay higher salaries, provide better benefits while state schools are advised to cut back and increase efficiencies; threats and cutbacks often result in increased workloads, higher tempers and harried staff; resulting invariably in bad teaching and further degrading the quality of education in public schools.

Most of the research indicates that the richest nations spend the highest on their education systems. Then, why are the education budget allowed to be cut instead of being increased constantly ? The inequality of the distribution of wealth and natural resourceful starts right at birth and then continues in our schools and then colleges.

Why is it allowed ? Is a rich man’s vote worth more than a common man’s ? Open to interpretation!

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11 thoughts on “Bad Teaching vs Good Teaching

  1. Jan Simson October 18, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    The art of teaching has turned from a natural talent to an acquired job position. Of course, not everybody is a good teacher, as you stated, but because it has become a job, the teaching position is open to anybody who wants that job position. We’re hiring the wrong people for an extremely important service. That’s one of the thousands of reasons why the public education system isn’t as effective and efficient as it could be.

  2. eojsmada October 18, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    The problem with the education system is manyfold, but definitely begins with the top of the system. Administrators and School Board members can make 3-5 times as much as any teacher with none of the responsibility of having to actually teach or implement their theories. I took some classes at the Graduate Level in Education and found that the entire system simply doesn’t make sense. I have a BA in Philosophy and was asked by one of my professors to honestly critique the current educational system from a philosophical standpoint, and told him straight out that the system makes no sense. Playing to the lowest common denominator may not only alienates the good students, but also reinforces bad intellectual habits within all of the student populace. It is no wonder that people cannot spell or do not know what subject-verb agreement is, let alone be able to perform simple abstract thought exercises with no aid. It’s the worst of both possible curriculum choices and has none of the benefits. We remove physical activity and recess and wonder why they have poor social skills and are obese. We give kids the bare minimum to pass a test that wouldn’t even guarantee them a chance to pass a citizenship test that an immigrant in their own country can ace.

    I completely agree with Jan, that the role of teacher is being given to anyone regardless of their skill set. I would be willing to bet that the only requirement for teaching in Primary School, other than a certificate, is that you are good with kids. How about their ability to have kids excel at basic concepts in English, Math, and Science? People do realize that in the Middle Ages that kids were able to get Master’s Degrees before the age of 18. And we want to pat ourselves on the back for passing basic skills tests. Teachers should be hired to teach kids, not be the classroom monitor and storytime reader. Teaching is hard work. Being a student is HARD work. Both require a level of discipline and rigor that simply just isn’t evident in today’s schools.

    The reason why private schools have it so much better, is that they simply aren’t beholden to the low standards of not only the curriculum but also the educators. If you make school less about having everyone equal and more about raising everyone to a higher level of thought, that would be such a massive difference.

    My sister complains bitterly, that she is unable to find anyone coming out of the universities who can think outside of the box. It is all wrote memorization and no fundamental understanding of concepts and how the only limit is one’s own imagination. I did an internship in a Junior High School where I taught 3 classes of 6th graders one class a week for an entire year. I had to come up with my own curriculum and make it fit within the core understanding of where the main teacher was going with the class. I taught these kids college level metaphysics and taught them to use their minds to look outside of the box for the understanding to things. You give them basic principles and make them use them just like they would a box of Lego’s. It was amazing to see their minds spin and come up with all the different answers they did. It was really a very exciting time. And that is the kind of thing, I feel, everyone should have the chance to experience. And I feel a profound loss for the children who are coming up through the school systems. They simply will never be given the chance to find out just what they are capable of. The system believes that the children are meant to simply learn their “mandated basic skills” and move them out. It’s really a sad state of affairs.

    Oh geez….I just posted a long comment. I am so sorry.

  3. nutsfortreasure October 18, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    I hated school I had some of the biggest losers for teachers 😦 With the life I have lived boy could I teach the world 🙂

    • Sasha Hunter October 18, 2012 at 7:26 PM

      I bet you really wish you could fire your teachers or get a new one who is willing to put in the work.

  4. modernteacher27 October 19, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    I think that it may be easy to do the blame game. We need to look at the education systems that are in place. What is working and what isn’t. If we supported teachers from the university level throughout their first 3 or 4 years of teaching we could determine proficiency of skills and still provide support. We would also need to make the difficult decisions of who is not a good fit for education. It’s almost as though we are all working way too hard, in too many directions and not accomplishing what is important. Value with education comes with respect, communication, and follow through. If we don’t stop and work together, we will continue to have gaps and problems.

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  6. Jon-Paul October 20, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    A simple yet magnificent reply ms. moderteacher27! Jan Simson also offers some excellent insight. Ostensibly modernteacher27 effectuates many of the issues that Jan Simson sees as bad teaching and the reason for it. If I may be heard on this delicate topic, until something is done within the actual family dynamic then I would suggest that little if anything will ever improve the tired and outdated American public education system. When I refer to the family dynamic it is within these parameters where the bully comes from, the gifted student, and the ever-so-I-have-a-better-way parent(s), who have sacrificed their roles as leaders within the family unit for the sake of whatever with their children. Unfortunately in most cases it is the students who wield the power in the education environment.

    However, as long as there are dedicated people involved in actual teaching positions like modernteacher27 and Jan Simson there remains hope. Thank you.

  7. busybeecraftymama October 20, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    This has been a struggle for me this new school year. My son is only in first grade, but we had the most dedicated, caring teacher in his kindergarten year, who was transferred to a private school this year 😦 (I wrote a post on this great teacher) This year, I am so lost as to how to approach this new teacher who is non-communicating, and totally detached. I can feel the lack of care in her as a teacher. Is it maybe that last year we had 18 students in the class, and this year there are 42? Is this the reality of teacher quality in public schools? I am a very hands on mother, so I expect so much from my son’s teacher, which makes it that much more disappointing when I see the lack of response… I can tell the enthusiasm in my son toward the school and studies has lowered significantly, which is what I feared the most. I am starting to understand that this is the difference between the public vs private, and it angers me every day that this country’s level of interest in education system is really controlled by politics and $.

  8. Rosemary the Chickerell Chirper October 21, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Teachers are, by the nature of their jobs, communicators. It is unfortunate that some have not been trained in that skill. When I was training as a teacher, there were lots of things missed in our training. I had to choose a PE discipline but was not going to teach PE except to 5 – 11 year olds. Nowhere in UK state schools at the time did children of those ages learn archery but I did archery several hours a week. I was not taught how to keep discipline in a class. It was assumed that that would come naturally to me – it didn’t. Being able to keep order is vital or no learning will take place in that class. Time in training was wasted doing useless things.

    Having said that, I do believe things in UK teacher training have changed and improved but I do think that some people who should not be teachers slip through the system. I have known some people who only teach because they didn’t know what else to do and they thought it a good idea at the time.

    Teachers need to care for the students and want them to gain from their teaching. Enthusiasm is necessary but all too often lacking. As busybeecraftymama indicates – a change from a good inspiring teacher to a dull indifferent one can be disastrous.

    I teach piano and guitar privately now and know that, no matter how ill, tired or fed up I am, I have to buck myself up for each lesson and sound enthusiastic as if it were the first time I am teaching this particular piece of music or starting the basics with a beginner. Teachers nee to have a few acting skills!

  9. philosophermouseofthehedge October 21, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    Actually there are plenty of teachers – but many good ones have fled the field – for various reasons.
    There’s a lot of blah, blah, blah what’s wrong with education (for decades now).
    Simply throwing money will not improve anything – that’s been tried.
    Lots of talk and wringing of hands – especially during elections – but is there the will and commitment to do what needs to be done? It won’t be pretty.
    Parents, teachers, students, and district policies and attitudes: problems with all.

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