There is an old cliche’ that says, “those that can, do. And those that can’t, teach.” I have found this cliche’ to be true in many, many peoples’ lives, and many situations. Yes, I know I am going to get in trouble for these ideas, and putting them in writing, posting them on the internet, especially with my family, whom are almost ALL excellent teachers! Oh well. I am used to getting my head chopped off, because I stick my neck out often, very often, because I follow the cliche’ that was in my classroom, “stand up for what is right, even if you are standing alone!”
I have seen the cliche’ of, “those that can, do and those that can’t, teach,” in many artists, athletes, musicians, etc. in my life. Most of them have been wonderfully effective and successful teachers. Just because they could not “make a living,” (at least not the living they desired to make) with their talents, skills, and/or knowledge, it does not really say everything about their abilities. There is so much competition in sports, and the arts. Most of the people I have known in these situations have been excellent teachers, and did perform their talents and skills exceptionally well, far above most of their peers, and competition, for that matter, as well.
My thoughts here in this post, are about the people that I am around all the time in the schools in which the attitude, generally speaking, of today’s “professional educators,” is that parents are “behind the times,” and/or, “just not up to date.” This attitude and these ideas are clearly conveyed to the students also, the parents’ very own children! WRONG!!!