Could the Valedictorian Be a Crappy Teacher? Of Course!
"Knowledge of a subject--even expertise in a subject--does not, alone, qualify you to be a teacher: excellent, good, or mediocre. And just because you enjoy reading and writing does not mean you're going to enjoy teaching it or be any good at teaching it."
-From Tim Lemire's I'm an English Major---Now What? Chapter 2 "Perchance to Teach," page 12
I'm so glad that Lemire included this statement, and others, about teaching. It is so true that just because you are interested in something or because you are good at it doesn't mean you have the skills necessary to teach. You could be the best at science and graduate with top grades in the class, but you might not have the patience, organization, and attitude that is required to be a teacher. I have had quite a few teachers who have obviously only become teachers because they thought it would be easy and because they could get summers off. Some of them have even liked the subjects, but it you got to have it all if you want to be considered a good teacher. I also liked when Lemire wrote, "You should not enter the teaching profession by default or with a sense of resignation. Doing so will make you a lousy teacher, and lousy teachers produce worse students..." (13). A person who is a good teacher should want to be there more for the students than for themselves. Besides, look at how versatile the English Major is. We have had other readings concerning its versatility, and it seems as though the students in class who have chosen English as their majors chose it because it is so versatile. Lemire brings up a ton of great points in this and other chapters that we should all take to heart.