Educators discuss the nation’s biggest misconceptions about teachers and their profession
It seems everyone has an opinion about teachers and their profession these days … and most of them aren’t teachers.
Perhaps it would be a different matter if the conceptions of teaching were like those of NASA engineers: smart, genius! Or maybe like those of firefighters: brave, self-sacrificing! However, in our nation’s current climate, saying the word “teacher” is like Forrest Gump opening a box of chocolates: you never know what you’re going to get, as teachers too often are seen as a convenient scapegoat for the perceived problems that are plaguing public education.
eSchool News recently asked readers: “If you could clear up one misconception about teachers and/or teaching, what would it be?” Our goal was not only to help others understand these misconceptions, but also to learn how teachers feel they are perceived by others.
Here are 10 misconceptions about teachers and teaching that emerged from readers:
1. Those who can’t do, teach.
2. A teacher’s day ends at 3 p.m.
3. Teachers get their summers off.
4. If teachers are good at what they do, student grades and test scores will be good, too.
5. Teaching is easy, and anyone can do it.
6. Teachers are solely responsible for learning.
7. If you went to school, you know what teaching is.
8. Teachers are well-compensated for what they do.
9. Teachers aren’t as good as they used to be.
10. Teachers are all the same.