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ERIC Number: ED307671
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
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The Growing Chasm between Mission and Job.
Arons, Mike
The call to a career in education does not come from logic or reason; rather, teachers are propelled by the deeper meaning of education--the meaning behind curricular instruction. Educators are driven by an artistic impulse to guide their students on the individual quest for intellectual enlightenment. An instructor cannot teach the essentials of his or her own craft to others; the drive to educate must originate within the individual. Society expects its teachers to feel this call to the mission of education, but it does not acknowledge the intuitive drive as an acceptable motivating force. Teaching, according to today's standards, is a profession--not an art. Artists and professionals are not the same. When the artistic impulse is removed from the instructor, quality of education is replaced by quantity, and conformity and depersonalization of education result. Preestablished, shared criteria for educational standards inhibit the call to education, further remove teachers from the level of educator/artist, and shuffle them onto the level of professional. The discrepancy between an instructor's job description and the mission of education must be recognized and eliminated. (KM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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