This includes transforming our schools of education, instituting rigorous (& honest) assessments of performance and paying for that performance (i.e., merit pay). needs the best and brightest professionals teaching our children.Raising the stature of the teaching profession in the United States is an imperative and increasing teacher pay is a major step in that direction. More information on today’s topic as well as a framework for transforming education in the US can be found in the authors’ book, Rethink, Rebuild, Rebound: A Framework for Shared Responsibility and Accountability in Education, 2nd Edition, published by Pearson Learning Solutions, 2011.The connotation here is that a professional is a person who possesses knowledge of something and has a commitment to a particular set of values both of which are generally well accepted characteristics of professions.
It also considers what it means to be part of a community of professionals, working with others to improve what happens in your school, community and profession.
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This is something that we will continue to examine and develop in the remaining parts of the course.
- Teaching as a Profession Until the twentieth century, teachers had very little preparation and training to becoming an educator.
As time progressed, dentistry, engineering, accountants and architects were ascribed “professional” status.
David Belfall, in his article, , published in 1999, identifies key characteristics that define an occupation as a profession.
Dedication to purpose, knowledge expertise and advocacy are core strengths of those in the teaching profession.
While, unfortunately, it is not perceived in this great country to be on an equal footing as those professions named above teachers are instrumental in preparing others for those professions.
From the teaching professionals, including schools of education, to legislators/politicians and the media we need to rethink (and recalibrate) our priorities which the authors believe will result in teaching being elevated to the highest priority.
Through serious and honest introspection, the teaching profession needs to adopt reforms necessary to catapult our measures of success to levels of excellence on a sustained basis.