A blog about Learning, about Education, about transformation, about change, about youth voice, about democratic human centered education. I am trying to ask the question "Why we educate" and what my answer means to me as a teacher and how my role shapes society and the whole.
At first glance this is a call to treat teachers with more respect. Yet I see this type of quote as part of the problem.
Teachers and their colleges must earn the prestige they need by being the same kind of relentless intellectual achievers they’re asking America’s
We must earn the prestige?! Teacher in America are some of the most trained, well educated professionals in the world, yet we are treated often as babysitters and replaceable robots. We have earned respect, we just don’t get it. There is a deep sexism at the root of this disrespect. Teaching is seen as women’s work and therefore it should be paid less, be less respected, and be less professional. I am not sure if Finland has the same sexist history, but saying we need to earn the respect speaks to how much sexism still clouds the profession of education.
We have a lot to learn from Finland, but using Finland as a way to further disrespect American Teachers is not right!
If you are interested in reading some great articles about the deep history of sexism in teaching, message me and I will find the link for you. It is quite profound.
-Adventures in Learning