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The Selling of Lesson Plans Undermines the Collegiality of Teaching.

Not precisely what I think and feel of selling lesson plans but what Joseph McDonald, a professor at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development at New York University, thinks arise philosophical questions. The article is on the Education Section of the New York Times.

Education is part of the humanities family but it is been long discussed about whether or not, education becomes a member of the liberal arts. Why a lawyer, a psychologist, can sell their services but a teacher cannot. And what troubles me more is that the content rights have to be transferred to districts which are eager to share proceeds. Are professors impeded to do business with their knowledge? No.

Please, allow capable educators to pursue the returns on money and time they invested in college and universities. Don't they pay for learning what they today know? Again, physicians, architects, are all getting their investments back. Why teachers cannot do the same? Help me understand it!

I specially like the discussion Eduaction Note Online has in about this matter. In a post written by Norm, the New York based blog, points out:

    I wonder if Professor McDonald has noticed that the ed deformers are trying to turn teaching into a commodity. It's all about competition and merit pay and performance of kids. Dog eat dog. So, why shouldn't teachers take advantage while they can? After all, what is coming is one script for the entire country. Every single teacher will be doing the same exact thing at the same time of the day.

So, Education & Tech will also be buying stuff. And who knows maybe selling it, too.

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  1. Indeed.

    The sale of lesson plans is only going to be possible for a very short while; teachers should take advantage while they can. As the teaching process becomes more standardized for public school teachers, and as private schools wander far afield from their original mission, teachers will experience the squeeze. They will be urged to accept paycuts to conform with the reduced budgets of cities; they will experience challenge from the emergence of free online educational centers; and they will face further degradation of their professional status.

    If more teachers were entreprenurial these days, and teamed up with colleagues to form smaller schools geared to more local missions, we would see an expansion of the number of charter schools, but run by professional teachers seeking a sustainable living rather than businessmen out to make a profit.

    Instead we've beaten entrepreneurial instincts out of our teachers for decades. And the result is teachers who don't think about areas outside their own subject area, or even outside the petty politics of their particular school or district. It's a real problem.