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|Posted By: Allen Wolmer on October 1, 2011|
|Sad, but true. As an educator who comes late to the field, I have an outsider's view. I was educated and earned a living as an engineer for over thirty years. I never considered teaching as a major or career (the economic differential was significant). However, late in my engineering career, I began teaching math at night on an adjunct basis at a local two year college. I found I loved it and was good at it. I resolved that when I could afford to retire, I would do so and then teach full time. That time came when the tech bubble burst in 2001. I have been teaching at a small private school since. I can do so because of my retirement nest egg and my pension.|
Yes, at the risk of seeming arrogant, I don't have much respect for many teachers. Their content knowledge, classroom management skills, and general professionalism leave much to be desired. Now, having said that, I don't think that there are more bad teachers, relatively speaking, than bad engineers. We just don't seem to focus on the engineers. But, I digress.........
One other aspect of the grading issue in education schools is that the faculty may have drunk the kool-aid and believes that their students' self-esteem, as reflected in their grades, is more important than their actual accomplishment and skill. In both cases, both the minor and adult students leave their schools with an inaccurate view of their abilities.