- Subject index
This book provides an authoritative, yet accessible guide to the philosophy of education, its scope, its key thinkers and movements, and its potential contribution to a range of educational concerns. The text offers a balanced view of three key dimensions: first, in giving an equal weight to different styles and modes of philosophy; second, by including past and present perspectives on philosophy of education; and third, in covering both the general “perennial” issues in philosophy and issues of more contemporary concern.
Chapter 14: The Professional Status of Teaching
The Professional Status of Teaching
The professional status of teaching is a much-debated topic. This is understandable since the extent to which classroom teachers are ‘professionals’ has important implications for a variety of issues, among them pay, social status, control of one's own working conditions, and so on. At the same time, though, much of the debate has been less a debate per se than a series of polemics. The problem, from a philosophical and conceptual perspective, is that we lack clarity about what it means to be a ‘professional.’ More than half a century ago, the American historian Carl Becker observed:
Now, when I meet a word with which I am entirely unfamiliar, I find it a good plan to look ...