“The problem with teaching as a profession is that every single adult citizen of this country thinks that they know what teachers do. And they don’t. So they prescribe solutions, and they develop public policy, and they editorialize, and they politicize. And they don’t listen to those who do know. Those who could teach. The teachers.”
Sarah Blaine, a former teacher, discusses the problems inherent in most misguided, teacher-focused policy measures: mainly, that people think they fully understand teaching simply by virtue of having once been students.
Teachable Moments is an ETT Weekly/website-feature highlighting labour, education, and politics-themed quotes from the past and present, with the goal to engage and inform.