Top-earning doctors and lawyers practice medicine and law. Top-earning teachers practice administration #edchat

I take this as a sign that teaching is not yet a profession, not in the way doctoring and lawyering are.

Teaching–and schooling–are still largely about having one class of people deliver what another class of people tell them is important for a third class of people to know. Doctors and lawyers on the other hand don’t let others tell them what to do. They do that themselves. That’s the sign of professionalism. I can imagine a time when there is no Ministry of Education (or equivalent in your jurisdiction) as we see it today prescribing curriculum. Instead, teachers will write the curriculum and set best practices, though to be sure there will still be a Ministry, just as we have a Ministry of Health, as there needs to be oversight when spending public money.

Schooling, as it is today, has a administrative structure reflecting a the need to deliver a standardized education that would prepare a population for and industrial economy.

I’ve said before that that, in itself is not a bad thing. But it is a dated thing now. Our new expectations for what counts as an education is turning this old structure on its head.

I don’t belive any ministry is capable of building the new school, whatever that may look like. That job will fall to professional teachers.

There is some urgency here.

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    cpaterso September 18, 2012

    Brad,Nice to touch base again. I really liike this post. It seems as though we are going through a painful reawakening. Leadership in education is not about managaing budgets or administering buildings. It is about learning. And it is best done at the coalface, in the classroom. Americans talk about teacher-leadership and this encasulates where we need to head. Devolve decision-making responsibility to the point of need.Cheers,Cameron

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