Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Teaching and motivation - probes

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It is true that the best teaching pleases - it is false that what pleases teaches.

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Traditionally, teaching was something extracted from an often-reluctant teacher by a highly motivated student; with the advent of mass education teaching came to resemble an eager and motivated teacher striving to impose material on a group of reluctant students.

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The best education has eagerness and motivation on both sides; the reality is often that neither side is motivated by the substance but only by careerism and certification - which have become more and more detached from the substance of education.

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Modern educational management (and most educational institutions are now run by managers - not teachers, and not students) are an attempt to create a educative system without need for intrinsic motivation in either the teachers or the students; and the pretence that this has actually been achieved.

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