Friday, March 03, 2006

Do children need teachers or educators?

A teacher who is attempting to teach, without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn, is hammering on a cold iron.
- Horace Mann, educational reformer (1796-1859)

The objective of a teacher is to teach the prescribed curriculum to his assigned students.

The objective of an educator is to help his students to learn what they need to know to manage what comes in their lives, how to cope with its downturns and how to take advantage of opportunities it offers.

For an educator, the curriculum is a means to help his students, whereas the curriculum is an end in itself to a teacher.

An educator grows competent and confident young adults. A teacher grows children who can pass tests assigned by boards and ministries of education.

Learn the distinction.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to help education systems understand what children need instead of what professional ivory tower dwellers want to convey.
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