Sunday, February 27, 2011
If Kids Were King
Lionel Logue was a master speech teacher without any degrees. He learned all he needed to know on the job. Experience was his teacher and he had years of it. All the doctorates in the world could not do what he did, help the King stop stammering. The arch bishop, who knew nothing about speech impediments discounted Mr. Logue and tried to convince the King to find someone else to help him.
Most teachers do have masters degrees but not PhDs. We learned what works best in the classroom from experience, not from those fancy theories that have never been tried in a classroom. We know more about our subject than the corporations and the politicians that are telling us how to do our job.
The King had the power to ignore his advisers and go with the teacher who knew the most. Too bad our students don't have that option. They are subjected to every new theory-from workshop model to horse shoes to who knows what else and no one forcing these practices have any idea whether they will work or not. Our kids don't have the power to tell the politicians to leave teaching to the teachers.