A good teacher, yes, but that isn't what this discussion is about. This discussion is about education needing a shake-up, and introducing unqualified teachers. Being unqualified doesn't preclude them from being good teachers.
Originally Posted by witch
See, this is actually some form of arrogance here, I'm sorry to say. You are making a massively sweeping statement. I learn best on my own. Teacher led lessons bore me and I just never pay attention. I did it in school - I go home and read, research around a topic until I understand it and then move on. The teachers become 'guides' providing a path - but this can be replaced by more research on my part.
As for your son, as a musician I have to say that whilst I am sure he is very good at what he does, it is unlikely that on his own he will have studied music to the depth that a teacher would have shown him. As all subjects, you can learn enough to get you through, and even do well, but that doesn't mean that you know everything about the subject, and I am sorry to rant, but there is a vast amount of theory and other aspects to music that you would have a great deal of difficulty learning on your own. I think, sorry mate, that is a bit insulting to music teachers - unless you are musical you may not understand but it is as if you said that your son has taught himself, Spanish to degree level. Unlikely, although I am sure he is very good.But there is far more to music than just playing notes. Also you appear to be implying that my bit about my daughter's flute teacher is irrelevant as your son is self-taught and so never needed a 'proper' teacher. Trust me, you would have to be some sort of musical prodigy or genius to get to my daughter's level without professional teaching.
You're welcome to your views, but having seen some of the best teaching I've ever seen come from unqualified people, I would disagree with your assertion. Also, your last line there takes what anyone has said far too far. No-one is saying teachers should all be abandoned. Not even the government has said this. What they have said is that allowing highly skilled but unqualified teachers into classrooms is a good thing.
I am sorry that your experiences of teachers have been so negative - I have seen absolutely inspirational teaching that might have been done by unqualified teachers, but I doubt it. It isn't just about subject knowledge, it is about the ability to pass that knowledge on and make people WANT to learn. Yes, of course some people have it naturally, but you appear to be saying that all teachers are time wasters who do nothing of interest or help, and that you do not need a teaching qualification to teach in any shape or form.
I had an unqualified lawyer when I took part in a protest movement. His advice was second to none. All self taught, no university degree. And later when a court case lined up, our solicitor had him at his side as an advisor. So, again, your view appears to have been slanted by something. Qualifications are not the be-all and end-all.
You wouldn't go to an unqualified lawyer would you? Maybe someone who has a degree in law and lots of experience as an academic but not the lawyerly qualifications? - much like an unqualified teacher might have a degree in maths but no teaching experience?
You are lucky on the latter part. Huge swathes of teachers claim they are still poorly paid. Whether they work hard or not isn't at question here - every profession has people who go above and beyond, and those that coast along doing the minimum.
Quite a few of the teachers in the schools I work in work very very hard, are very good at what they do and deserve their pay - they also do not dispute that they are reasonably paid now either.
Anecdotal evidence of only one aspect of this. Have you seen unqualified teachers making kids hate the subject? Without evidence of this, I'd be almost happy to say that evidence that qualified teachers can teach is kinda irrelevant.
I have seen a class of disaffected children have their interest caught and held by a good teacher many times. Often the teacher is young too - in fact the younger teachers seem to have been taught new ways of engaging modern children, who do, as you so rightly point out, learn in a different way to the way we did. The modern teaching qualification addresses the issues around the way people learn today, and so newly qualified teachers have good strategies, in a way that perhaps some 35 year-old with a degree in Geography only might not.:)