Subject Specific Education

Discussion in 'Education' started by PatrickT, May 29, 2012.

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Should Teachers Know the Subject?

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  1. PatrickT

    PatrickT Well-Known Member

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    I am curious. Should a teacher who teaches a specific subject such as math, a foreign language, science classes, have a demonstrated ability in that subject and a record that includes specific classes in the field. A friend of mine became a Spanish language teacher and spoke no Spanish. She was assured that actually being able to speak or read and write Spanish wasn't critical. My algebra teacher, way back in high school, was really a coach and didn't speak algebra, either. Should an English teacher actually be required to write in English?

    I've heard people argue, including the Spanish teacher, that once you learn to teach you can teach subjects you don't know.

    What are your thoughts?
     
  2. Clint Torres

    Clint Torres New Member

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    IMO they need to have worked outside the comfort and safety of a school for several years and have been regarded as a master of their craft. In other words, they should posess experience in having applied their trade in the real work world of employment and teach only part time. After all, teaching in the USA is part time hours. that is how they do it in private schools in the USA, you know, where the elite and the wealthy send their kids, and where they have the best educators.
     
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    My thoughts are the OP was making all this up.
     
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    unkotare Well-Known Member

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    :lol: :lol:
     
  5. ThirdTerm

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    If you have a minority teacher teaching English in the United States or Australia, it is disadvantageous to her pupils. In California, there are Hispanic English teachers who can only speak accented English because they are speaking primarily Spanish. When there are plenty of white teachers who can speak English flawlessly, this kind of teachers should have no place in classrooms. I had the worst experience with a minority teacher in Australia and it was hard to make sense of her ghetto accent.
     
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    Nonsense.
     
  7. perdidochas

    perdidochas Advisor Staff Member

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    I think it's absurd for teachers to teach subjects that they don't know. Having subject matter knowledge isn't all you need to teach that subject, it is a minimum requirement. Is she working in a private school? I've never heard that kind of thing in public schools.
     

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