>>Let people who have learned English and not "education" teach English. >>Let people who have learned mathematics and not "education" teach mathematics. >>Let people who have learned history and not "education" teach history, etc.
>Knowing only English, mathematics or history does NOT a good teacher make! How can >one educate without knowing of education, at least on some level?
My wife, who is an excellent teacher, and colleagues of hers who share that skill, seem to agree that teaching cannot be taught, at least in classrooms and by 'teachers' who do not themselves teach.
They hold that teaching can be learned by 1) someone who has the native ability to teach (not all do) and 2) when the craft is taught in the classroom iteself. Universally, these teachers agree that what they got from education courses was of only incidental value.
This idea agrees with sentiments I've read in these newsgroups when teachers talk about learning the trade.