We Are Not Unprepared Teachers!
“Has the undergraduate English major curriculum adequately prepared you for a career in teaching?...The answer to the first question above is no, and not just because requirements for the English major do not include teacher training” (Lemire 12-13).Ok, well, Mr. Lemire, I would just like to point out that although the English major in of itself does not include education classes, that any student who intends to be an English teacher, must take an extensive amount of education classes. Yes, he is right that “interpersonal, and political challenges of teaching are not abilities easily extrapolated” (Lemire 13), but it’s not like education students get no practice. There is extensive observations, practicums, and of course student-teaching. It’s not like we are just being thrown into a school with no experience. Lemire claims that “not a few people come into teaching with little or no training” (Lemire 20), I am sorry, but I am going to have to disagree. Granted, there is always more one can do to prepare themselves for the future. But he acts like us English education majors are just hanging out, doing nothing to work towards our career choice. I think most of us are very much aware that “there’s only one way to find out [if teaching is right for us]: teach” (Lemire 19) and we are working very hard to get the practice and experience we need.