Between the Shadows
- Apr 18, 2010
- MBTI Type
- Instinctual Variant
Teachers often don't understand their subject. This is partly because American public education prioritizes training as a teacher (i.e. pedagogy) over education in the subject you are going to teach. Sadly, even many elementary school teachers are uncomfortable with science teaching. I'm talking about grades 3-5 here - relatively simple stuff that any adult should be familiar with. Education as a career does not attract our best students as a career, partly because pay is much less that in other careers, and partly because working conditions and expectations are unappealing.It's brainwashing because most people have no interest to understand most of the things taught in school. Not trying to be condescending here - teachers themselves don't necessarily understand their subject. It's even worse - scientists/experts sometimes don't understand their subject, they only know stuff. For some people, it is education, for others it is brainwashing. Nobody can force you to think against your will, it would be unethical
As for scientists and other experts, they generally do understand their fields, but are subject to the vagaries of funding and politics. Many unfortunately allow their actions to be unduly shaped by these influences. It can be tough to hold the line on scientific integrity when your own career or funding is at stake.