Friday, March 5, 2010
Cool article about education and how teachers can teach better. It's really about creating a more rigorous and effective program for training professional educators. It seems that in the teaching field, being a good teacher is considered a talent that some people are simply better at than others. Since teaching is such an old profession, it's kind of surprising that rigorous techniques are not better understood. The article talks a lot about "classroom management" skills but also about building a repertoire of things teachers need to know in order to teach a subject. It made me wonder how teachers in other countries, especially China, are trained. Education is such an important part of Chinese culture. Much of the techniques are certainly about rote memorization, but I wonder if there are more classroom management techniques and what kind of content is considered required for subjects like history and literature.