Anyone can teach


In the animated film Ratatouille, a little mouse named Rémy dreams of becoming a chef. During his adventures she will find the courage to fulfill his desire by drawing inspiration from the motto of the great chef Gusteau: his famous “Everyone can cook!”

If Pixar studios were to remake the film, I could see our cute character dreaming of becoming a teacher. Now it would be enough for him to find inspiration in the motto “Anyone can teach!”

Quality recruits

In 2020, Minister Roberge ended up acknowledging that her biggest challenge would be a shortage of teachers. A nice change of plans, because five years earlier the liberal government had announced an increase in the criteria for admission to teaching.

However, between recognizing a problem and taking concrete action to correct it, there is a huge gap. As the Higher Education Council suggests, extensive reflection is needed, in particular from the point of view of the recruitment and retention of candidates, the conditions for admission to studies, initial training, support and measures to be put in place. in place to promote professional integration, including work organization this would facilitate such integration, as well as continued professional development.

It goes without saying that everyone wants top quality recruitment, but how do you reconcile actions aimed at reducing shortages and actions focused on demanding recruitment criteria? How to guarantee the quality of the services provided by the people facing the students?

Historically, in times of shortage, we are satisfied with the available manpower. In teaching, in the present circumstances, the accommodations are so great that they would be rejected in other professions on the basis of arguments relating to the protection of the public.

A controlled denomination

At the start of the school year, the Affluents School Services Center (CSSDA) was still looking for five permanent teachers. Not so bad? There was also a shortage of 65 teachers for 25 to 100% contracts. And it’s a single CSS.

Here I emphasize the word “teacher”. The term should be defined.

Currently, I feel that everyone can call themselves a teacher.

I feel profound discomfort that the word “teacher” is not a controlled designation. If I am ready to accept that everyone can teach, I refuse that everyone can claim the title of teacher.

For example, staff could be referred to as trainees, apprentices, job candidates or regular teachers. The time has come to create an official signature (very similar to “ing.” For engineers or “CPA” for accountants). As Mylène Leroux says, teaching seems a lot easier than it is. Because everyone went to school.

It is not by leaving everyone the right to appropriate the title of teacher that society will recognize the value of the profession.


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