10 September 2010

Who Should Teach?

"My best teachers in Monongahela were Frank Pizzica, the high-rolling car dealer; old Mr. Marcus, the druggist wiser than a doctor; Binks McGregor, psychological haberdasher; and Bill Pulaski, the fun-loving mayor. All would understand my belief that we need to be hiring different kinds of people to teach us, people who’ve proven themselves in life by bearing its pain like free spirits. Nobody should be allowed to teach until they get to be forty years old. No one should be allowed anywhere near kids without having known grief, challenge, success, failure, and sadness."

"We ought to be asking men and women who’ve raised families to teach, older men and women who know the way things are and why. Millions of retired people would make fine teachers. College degrees aren’t a good way to hire anybody to do anything. Getting to teach should be a reward for proving over a long stretch of time that you understand and have command of your mind and heart."

Both of these quotes are from John Taylor Gatto's book, The Underground History of American Public Education. He was named New York City Teacher of the year in 1989, 1990, and 1991, and New York State Teacher of the Year in 1991.


The Warrior said...

Ooh, good one. Looks like a good book too; have you read it?

Richard Williams said...

No, I've not - just bits and pieces. Search in online - I've seen it available free somewhere.


msimons said...

Ex Military and Retires make great teachers. Our best Spainish Teacher is a retired MaBell Tech.