Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

From the Forums - Should We Set a Minimum Age for Teaching?: Opinion

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

From the Forums - Should We Set a Minimum Age for Teaching?: Opinion

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To come into teaching straight from university gives you no opportunity to experience life outside an educational establishment. Perhaps we should raise the age for becoming a teacher to 26.

Tabitha Twitchet

I've seen good (most), bad (very few) and indifferent (all of us from time to time) teachers of all ages. I'm working with a maths teacher who is 24 and one of the best educators I've watched in action.

seren_dipity

I believe that some years spent away from the education system is desirable but not a necessary precondition for being a teacher.

doomzebra

If people had to drop out of a graduate job at 25 or 26 and go back to being a student or trainee, would there be an adequate take-up of the profession?

MickTravis

If the under-26s were stopped from teaching, I suspect many good graduates would eschew teaching as a career.

FolkFan

I'm 26. Ever since primary school I have only ever wanted to teach. Most of the younger teachers I work with are the same as me. …

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