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Reply #42: For your edification: THERE IS NO PRIVATE SECTOR EQUIVALENT TO TEACHING CHILDREN. [View All]

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WinkyDink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-31-10 02:43 PM
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42. For your edification: THERE IS NO PRIVATE SECTOR EQUIVALENT TO TEACHING CHILDREN.
Edited on Tue Aug-31-10 03:05 PM by WinkyDink
PRESUMABLY, the adults here, working with and for other adults, are fully-formed in knowing how they themselves learn best. Moreover, the vast majority of adults in jobs are motivated by the immediate prospect of money to do well. Students have the long-range motivation of a job or further education, neither of which is paramount in the minds of, say, 7th-graders. Maybe if we paid them....?

Show me the adult trainer of adults who is supposed to adapt the TRAINING to the LEARNER! What if the adult learner is the VISUAL type? Or the WORD type? Or, say, is maybe left-brained? Or prefers to work in GROUPS? Or, because of a sports activity, skips the training session, which the supervisor must then re-schedule?

Back in the one-room school-house days, when one teacher taught the same children year to year, then the ease of teacher evaluation was obvious. IOW, the "subject N" was a constant, not a variable.

But I have two basic questions:

1. How would one propose to test non-academic-subject teachers on the success of their students? Student paintings? A track-and-field meet? Low BMI?

2. Why do no or extremely few discussions mention the role of ADMINISTRATORS (principals, asst principals, etc.) in Teacher Evaluation?

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