No matter how much we hate waking up early for school or studying all night for those exams, we all know that education is the most important thing we can do for our professional lives. However, just as with most important fields in life there are many false statements about college, high school, and every other educational institution. Here are some of the most common education myths and what you can actually expect when you seek to further educate yourself.
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The best time to visit colleges is after you have been admitted.
Many students have fallen for this myth only to find that none of the colleges to which they were admitted “felt” right when they visited. If possible, visit before you apply and again after you have been admitted. If you can visit only once, make it before you decide to apply.
A relatively unknown college or university is probably bad.
You may not hear of many of the nation’s best colleges but that doesn’t mean anything. Athletics on television is how most colleges get to be known, but many colleges do not get that kind of exposure. Don’t let name recognition determine a good or bad college.
Teachers have no clue about what they teach.
All right, this myth probably started with angry students and parents but the truth is that twenty-eight states require secondary-level instructors who have majored in the subject area they plan to teach. All candidates must pass content exams before completing their program or being certified to teach. Twelve states require elementary school teachers to have earned a content degree, and nineteen require middle school teachers to do the same. To make a long story short, more than 90 percent of teachers nationwide know what they are doing.
Teachers work less but get paid a lot.
This is another popular misconception that every report conducted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has exposed as false, since teachers in the United States spend about 1,050 to 1,100 hours per year teaching on average, which is one of the highest worldwide. Additionally, teacher salaries across the world are far lower than those earned by other workers with higher education credentials.
Most teachers don’t care about their students.
There are many people who claim that most teachers don’t care about their students, don’t try hard to improve the educational system, and that all they care about is their paycheck. Even though this may be true for a small minority, the vast majority of teachers become teachers because they do care and want to help. If student performance is low, it doesn’t automatically mean teachers don’t care.