Once Upon a Time, Teaching Was Considered a Profession – NAIS

This month’s National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) has an interesting article on the modern evolution of the teaching profession for good and for bad. It addresses how the role of standardized testing and concepts of ‘merit based pay’ have impacted the development of pedagogy and classroom culture.

Increasingly, teachers in both the public and independent sector are being asked to teach the same material in the same way at the same time so that standards and accountability measures can be established.

The degree to which “No Child Left Behind” and “Race to the Top” legislation and related reforms have negatively impacted teachers’ abilities to act in a professional capacity is only beginning to get the attention it deserves. The most offensive examples belong to the public sector, but, increasingly, independent schools have also borne the brunt of the global assault on teacher professionalism. In classrooms and schools across the country, teachers are under attack and the public trust that many teachers once enjoyed is threatened by the media, politicians, school boards, and sometimes even by fellow educators.

I count myself fortunate that I work in an Independent School that values teacher independence and creativity – my administration and colleagues supported my recent grant proposal to attend an innovative Ed Tech conference this month and a Global Education conference in La Jolla a few months ago. but even we have been hit (to a lesser degree) by the recent political attacks lobbed at the profession in its entirety.

I highly encourage you to read this article and look forward to your own thoughts. You can read the article in its entirety here.

3 thoughts on “Once Upon a Time, Teaching Was Considered a Profession – NAIS

  1. Jim Wheeler

    The article you reference here is indeed excellent. In my opinion it pinpoints exactly what is wrong with the whole concept of NCLB, i.e., that the learning process is something that can be precisely defined and controlled. I may do a post on this myself.

    For any who try to read the article and are thwarted by a popup e-mail, I urge you to persist because it is highly worth the effort. I ended up sending a “no comment” email and then refreshing the page, and that worked for me.

    BTW, Jennifer, good luck and safe trip for your conference in England.

    1. Jennifer Lockett Post author

      Thanks Jim! I’m very excited for the conference.
      I didn’t get a pop up when I accessed it. I’m sorry that it was there. The bane of teaching in the modern world is the destruction of creativity in pedagogy.

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