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Is Professionalism Killing Teaching? September 27, 2010

Posted by Alex, Managing Director in Independent Education.
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There’s an interesting documentary coming up on BBC One in the UK on Tuesday night (2305-2335 BST), Is Professionalism Killing Sport?

The BBC describes the programme thus: Has the fun gone out of sport and do the top sport stars actually enjoy what they do? Would their performance improve considerably if they simply relaxed and put the enjoyment back into game? Is professionalism actually making our sportsmen worse at their sport?

The thought struck us that there is a very interesting analogy to be made here with teaching. Is Professionalism Killing Teaching? There’s a good documentary to be made there…

Has the fun gone out of teaching and do teachers actually enjoy what they do? Would their performance improve considerably if they simply relaxed and put the enjoyment back into teaching? Is professionalism actually making our teachers worse at their job?

It would be interesting to hear from any teachers who watch tomorrow evening. Or indeed anyone with fears on whether the joy has been taken out of the profession by the pressure of professionalism and business.

The BBC Sport documentary has been made by former England cricketer-turned Times writer Ed Smith. Ed’s father Jonathan Smith is himself a former teacher in independent schools in the UK, and is the author of the highly successful and much-loved book The Learning Game: A Teacher’s Inspirational Story, published back in 2002.

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