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10/10/2021

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Maya M

It is good when the teacher is a well-trained expert in the field he is teaching. E.g. until recently, science school teachers in my country (Bulgaria) taught at most 2 disciplines (say, biology & chemistry or chemistry & physics) which they had studied at university extensively.
Now, we have changed after the Western fashion (which seems to be to make education cheap and superficial), and a single "science" teacher can teach physics, chemistry & biology! Eh well, there are very few people who know all 3 subjects well enough to teach them; and these people are unlikely to work as school teachers.

In fact, some Westerners explain the universal decline in physics education with replacing the male teachers of the previous generation who were physics experts with female teachers who are mostly biology experts.

As for requiring a teaching qualification at school but not at university - to me, it makes sense (though I am not sure that they are teaching the right stuff at the education departments). University students are mature and motivated, or at least are presumed to be. School kids - not quite. I am a biologist without a teaching qualification, so I have no problem teaching at university, but at school, I could be just an "irregular teacher" with a lower salary, and could be fired if they would find a teacher with full qualification.

John Pepple

"... replacing the male teachers of the previous generation who were physics experts with female teachers who are mostly biology experts." Ugh.

In the high school I went to, many of the teachers were mainly coaches who taught an academic subject on the side. They were not trained very well, and so a recent graduate would do just as well. I do not know what the situation is in Bulgaria, but I don't think that schools need to have sports teams associated with them.

JD

As a freshman in high school, the high school football coach/history teacher asked me to read and write a report on a massive book on Alexander the Great for his college class. I doubt he was even certified at that time. He did offer me $20 at least back in 1985.

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