Teacher Culture

Teacher Culture


I keep returning to what I believe is the single biggest and largest obstacle to this ecological movement is the teacher hirself. Teacher culture is contrary to our practice. Teachers know theory. They can recite theory all day long. But when they get into the classroom, they don't practice it. Constructivists in theory are not in practice. Rebellious in theory complacent in practice. Pushing kids to experiment but reluctant themselves. I see contradictions and perhaps hypocrisy in the teacher culture. We know it takes a community to educate the child and yet we don't let the community into our classrooms. Teaching is a private thing in practice: a teacher and student on the opposite ends of that log. Theory tells us to move on, to loose some of the romantic notions and myths of education and yet we can't. The fear of technology, teachers reluctance to merely employ it, to trust the scholars to know more, the status of our own place in the class is in question and we won't relinguish this control in the face of the theory we espouse. I'm concerned that teachers don't practice what they preach which is why education is slow to evolve and progress and ultimately frustrate the heck out of our society. We have grand and great ideas and yet we can't seem to realize them enough. Why?


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© Ted Nellen 1999