I’ve been hearing this a lot from mothers who lack the confidence to teach their own children. But why? Society tells them that if they don’t have a degree in education, they are not qualified to teach. This is ridiculous. In fact, a degree may hinder your child’s learning process.
What does having a degree mean?
Today, having a degree does not necessarily make you more qualified to teach than someone who doesn’t have one. The skills you actually possess are the defining factor. The completion of a list of classes and the required tasks associated with them is not a good measurement.
First, some people can take a class without learning or remembering anything significant. Remember that French class you took in highschool? The fact that I took one is the extent of what I can recall. And did I really need to learn how to speak French?
That leads me to my next question; who decided what essential knowledge is needed to teach? In most secular institutions, a degree in education starts with child psychology and the study of how children learn. Again you could question the integrity of the origins of these topics, but that is a whole other story.
In short, most institutions are guided by the notion that there is no God and people have no spirit. That is how experts look at our children; as animals or biological machines. They try to put them in a box, categorize them, and label them.
Today, having a degree in education usually means two things; teachers have preconceived notions about the learning process, and two, the prestige a degree carries today may be misleading to both society, and the teacher who holds it.
They have just completed 17+ years of schooling. They should be confident! But a lot of the time, they take themselves too seriously. Because the knowledge and techniques that teachers have gained through their degree is seen as essential, the logical conclusion is that it is the best.
Parents’ esteem for a degree is also detrimental. Parents believe “experts” are teaching their children and so, they pass the buck to the “more qualified” individual. When their child slowly starts to fall behind, they start to point fingers. They trusted the reputation of a piece of paper signed off by a stranger whom they know nothing of their motive or character.
Even society on the whole believes that the “highly qualified” institutions can do no wrong and instead of trying something different, they insist that funding is the problem. “The experts just don’t have enough resources,” they say.
Dedication, Care, and Love
Who taught your child to crawl? Who taught them to walk, speak, and use the toilet? Who cried the first time they said, “I love you mommy?”
You know your child best. You should not discount your methods or parenting style simply because you don’t have a certificate.
The stranger who has one is not ordained by God for the job.
God has put the responsibility on you and although everyone is accountable for their own wrong doings, you have to be sure you have done your best. I am, by no means, discounting the dedication, patience, and love that teachers across this nation give to others’ children. I am, however, questioning the efficiency and merit of the system and encouraging you to remember; you are your child’s first and best teacher.
Just to boost your confidence here are 10 successful people who don’t have a degree:
1. Micheal Dell – dropped out of college
2. Henry Ford - never graduated high school
3. Bill Gates – dropped out of Harvard, then 30 years later they just gave him a degree.
4. John D. Rockefeller Sr. – no formal college
5. Mark Zuckerburg – college drop out
6. Mary Kay – college drop out
7. Walt Disney – high school drop out
8. Steve Jobs – college drop out
9. Jane Austen – formal schooling until age 11, homeschooled, never attended college
10. Richard Branson – high school dropout