There is plenty to like about teaching. It’s just not as noble or inspiring as some people suppose. It’s a job and often a frustrating one.
He provides a series of arguments against the practice:
- The purpose and value of education is questionable
- Teaching often fails to achieve its purpose
- Any feedback you do receive in unhelpful
While on the other side, he also puts forward a series of counter-arguments:
- Nothing lasts forever, why expect teaching to buck this trend?
- Effective Teaching Cannot be Measured
- It’s Not About Outcomes
- What do you know? You are just a bad teacher
- Surely there is something meaningful about teaching?
Although Danaher’s focus is on tertiary education, it is an interesting provocation to reflect upon in respect to all aspects of learning and teaching, especially the idea of heutagogy.