Teaching As A Unique Profession

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Question One: Teaching as a Unique Profession There is much controversy surrounding the idea that teaching is not considered a “profession.” However, there is much evidence that debunks the theory that teaching is more of an occupation than a professional field. According to the National Labor Relations Act, the formal definition for a profession is an occupation that is “engaged in work predominately intellectual… involving consistent exercise of discretion and judgment… of such character that output cannot be standardized… requiring knowledge of an advanced type in a field of science or learning customarily acquired by prolonged course of specialized intellectual instruction and study” (Tozer, Violas, & Senese, 2013, p. 303). In my opinion, a profession is anything the individual has had training for and has become licensed to do. For example, medical programs, law programs, nursing programs, and educational programs require students to both complete the various phases of the program, as well as to pass state exams for licensing in order to be able to work. Therefore, teaching is considered a professional occupation because those wishing to teach must complete not only program procedures and follow guidelines established by their respective institutions, but also follow protocols for licensing and certification before beginning work. In addition, the formal definition of a profession as stated by the National Labor Relations Act adequately describes the roles and responsibilities of teachers, which proves that teaching meets the criteria. First, teachers must always be engaged intellectually in order to constantly learn and innovate new strategies of teaching. At the same time, teachers must practice discretion and judgement re... ... middle of paper ... ...ws for a healthy balance within the system. If any one of these voices is not adequately represented, there are several ramifications to follow. Morally, ignoring the needs of one group or prioritizing these needs incorrectly is unfair to each group. The groups must be represented as fairly as possible in order for the system to be successful. Philosophically, ignoring the needs of a group may bind students in their quests for knowledge and for truth if they are restricted to certain procedure. Similarly, if a group is ignored, the social backlash could be great and impact student performance. If one group is given extensive control, this may lead students to become frustrated and discouraged, causing them to drop out and preventing them from contributing to society. All in all, the different groups that impact education must balance one another for optimum success.
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