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The Paradox of Being a Teacher: Institutionalized Relevance and Organized Mistrust
Tröhler, Daniel mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Education, Culture, Cognition and Society (ECCS) >]
Schools in transition. Linking past, present, and future in educational practice
Siljander, Pauli
Kontio, Kimmo
Pikkarainen, Eetu
Sense Publishers
The Netherlands
[en] Educationalization of Social Problems ; Educationalization of the World ; Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi ; Burrhus F. Skinner ; Religion and Education ; Salvation
[en] In the article "The Paradox of Being a Teacher: Institutionalized Relevance and
Organized MistrustW Daniel Tröhler describes the paradoxical nature of the teaching
profession which arises out of the mismatch between the excessive expectations
imposed on teachers and, at the same time, the constant mistrust shown to them
for fulfilling these expectations. The paradox is related to the cultural shift of the
educationalization of the Western world – that not only are a wide variety of social,
economic and moral problems defined as educational problems but, in addition,
education itself is placed at the core of the historical process and expected to fulfil
future ideals. According to Tröhler, educationalization was reinforced by the tradition
of modern educational thinking and especially by certain inherent fundamental
religious motives. The author defends this thesis with the help of two, at first sight
very divergent, figures in the history of education: Johan Heinrich Pestalozzi and
Burrhus F. Skinner. Common to these thinkers is, according to Tröhler, their argument
which is constitutive of the cultural shift of educationalization but, also, their shared
view that in order to save the younger generation from the corrupting forces of
external society, certain ideal conditions for making the natural development of the
children possible are needed. Tröhler underlines the religious motives behind this
idea. The task of education is to take care of the salvation of the younger generation,
to protect the “God’s creation” against the world of artificial moral corruption.
The educator’s task is, then, to be God’s deputy, substitute and imitator, to secure
the existence of this moral order. This religious background helps us, according to
Tröhler, to understand those enormous expectations that schools and teachers meet
even in secular contemporary societies. This raises the question: should one reject
expectations, which no one can fulfill.
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