YOUR CAREER IN TEACHING by Dorothy & Joseph Dowdell


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Doubtless, you will find your teacher training program a vital, worthwhile one."" Doubtless, you would if it lived up to the catalogue course descriptions which the Dowdells seem to take at face value. They are similarly gullible about such ""exciting new procedures"" as team and TV teaching and modular scheduling, and their boast that ""at last schools are catching up with the space age"" makes you realize that they are still in the Sputnik bag and might as well have written this in the '50's. And though there is a passing acknowledgment of the current ""oversupply"" of English and social studies teachers, the emphasis is on population gains and the ""growing opportunities"" in ""this profession so vital to the welfare of America."" Mainly the Dowdells survey the qualifications, certification requirements, and satisfactions of teaching on different levels and specialties: librarians can combine teaching with ""interesting duties in pleasant surroundings"". . .""in most school districts the nurse has charge of the weighing and measuring of the pupils"". . .as for home ec teacher Miss Warren, ""she wondered if anything could be more satisfying than helping gifts learn to sew. It was so worthwhile"" . . .and the principal is ""like the captain of a ship"" who needs ""a strong steady hand at the helm"" while keeping the welfare of the boys and girls ""uppermost"" in his mind. It's this sort of mindless cliche mongering that gives the profession a bad name.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1975
Page count: 192pp
Publisher: Messner