Those Who Can’t Teach?

Those Who Can’t Teach” This is something that was first uttered in 1903
by George Bernard Shaw, author of Man and Superman  “Maxims for Revolutionists.”

The actual quote goes something like this:

He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.

There are many different variations of Shaw’s quote,
but I think the one I like best is as follows:

Those who can, do.
Those who can’t, teach.
Those who can’t teach, administrate.

Those of you who have taught in public school, probably
can really relate to the last line of this quote. Working as
an educator, one learns pretty quickly that if you’re going
to survive, you have to know how to juggle a lot of responsibilities.
I’m not sure that I can say the same for someone working in
administration. Administrators in the public school system,
tend to delegate responsibilities to others, which one might say
is sort of like passing the buck. Administrators are very good at
conjuring up unnecessary remedial tasks. These are the types
of activities that they use to validate their own positions. Supposedly,
words of wisdom for those of us who are fighting in the trenches.
When the passing bell rings each and every morning, teachers
can rest assure that administration has their backs.

On another note, Writer/Actor/Director, Woody Allen also revised
Shaw’s quote in 1977 when he said…

“Those who can’t do, teach.
Those who can’t teach, teach gym”.

The Gym Teacher part might actually be
accurate. Oddly enough, I can’t tell you how
many Administrators that I’ve met throughout
my career that were former Gym Teachers.

Is there any validity to “Those Who Can’t Teach”
or is this just a way for critics of public education
to add insult to injury?


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