The key to good teaching

As an industrial physicist who desired to teach high school in America, I began my doctorate in secondary education at a major university. The material taught to teachers for certification was of a low caliber compared to the instruction given to chemists, mathematicians, physicists, and lawyers. In fact, much of the instruction is needless.

Teaching is an art, not a science. Good teachers love to teach, just as good artists love to paint. Academic training is not the key to good teachers. Rather it is their love of sharing with children who need to learn how to learn, whether they want to or not. Teaching is an unappreciated job, but someone has to do it. And those who do pave the way for better generations ahead. Is there a better job than that? Leo C. Rogers, Mesa, Ariz.

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