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Sustainability is at the heart of that decision. Teaching as a profession is about creating the conditions for learning and growth and currently our wealthy economies are dominated by austerity and the drive to reduce regulation, resulting in open season on working terms and conditions. The gig economy continues to grow and we will reap the negative effects of the societal impact.
The human cost of forgetting our humanity, our responsibility to one another, in favour of short term rewards is shocking.
Gert Biesta: Teaching is not an intervention on objects but an encounter between subjects aimed at calling forth the subject-ness of students #CCCUedconf pic.twitter.com/DW9tKQIsC3— Dr Lee Hazeldine (@CccuEd_blended) 7 February 2019
In my discipline the race to market language learning has decimated a real understanding of the fundamental fact that language is a human act, to improve you need to use it with real humans!
Extracts from an interview for EFL teachers with Ross Thorburn.— Vivian Cook (@VivCookMC1) 16 February 2019
A. What are the biggest changes that you've witnessed in how languages are taught and learned since you started your career in the 1960s? pic.twitter.com/6RHdkFsMI6
It may seem dull to learn how to operate and share resources online legally but at the heart of that learning is freedom which is central to the sustainability of teaching. Already inequality of access to language learning is growing, access to learning resources more widely is being limited according to wealth:
These threats should be resisted by us all, but particularly by teachers. In a typical tongue in cheek tweet, Dave White commented on the difficulty of replicating human interaction through AI:In #copyrightreform legislators should care about teachers, not publishing market, which is the “largest cultural industry in Europe”and“shows signs of a new phase of sustainable growth”according to a FEP report from 2017, @AxelVossMdEP, https://t.co/MvZCTg9Nf9 pic.twitter.com/0ewQJcoEUS— communia (@communia_eu) 14 May 2018
To sustain a good quality of human life we must first value each other, whatever our talents, flaws, differences and challenges and then refuse to support changes which undermine our collective potential to thrive.If only people were computers this would be a whole lot easier... I mean, people - it's almost like they aren't just a stack of maths in some meat.— David White (@daveowhite) 3 July 2019