Catherine Isaacs’ latest ridiculous idea is to give official teacher registration to people who have no teaching qualifications at all.
Yes, that’s right – NONE.
No research, training or prior learning in pedagogy of any description.
Nothing about different educational psychology, learning theories, multiple intelligences, behavioural practices, cognitive research, constructivist theory, issues around motivation, assessment of students’ learning, or behaviour and classroom management.
Zip, diddly, squat.
And yet Isaacs is proposing these people (I refuse to call them teachers) are recognised as qualified teachers by the Teachers’ Council.
Does she seriously think that subject knowledge alone is all it takes? Some of the cleverest people I have known cannot explain a darned thing to those at a lower level of understanding, failing to grasp what is needed to break the information down, let alone impart it to a room full of different students, some who are interested, some not, some who are clever, some who are not, some who learn by thinking, some by doing, and, well, you get the idea.
I am not arguing against experts being in classrooms, far from it – but if someone truly wants to teach then they surely should be happy to invest in learning the ins and outs of the whole job, which is a darned sight more than just having a high level of subject knowledge.
Would you be happy for your child to receive a diagnosis or injection from someone with a degree in biology or chemistry but no medical training? It’s madness, pure and simple.