Lifelong Learning for Teachers

Teaching is often described as one of the noblest of all professions. What is less often acknowledged is how difficult a profession it is. Part of this difficulty arises from the fact that the standards by which teachers are judged shift from year to year. These standards, while purporting to arise from concern for providing the nation's children with the best possible education, are in fact often more reflective of political changes in concept about pedagogy. In the scenery of shifting political winds and the true complexity about what constitutes the most effective ways of teaching, it is difficult for teachers to make the most informed decisions about how to engage in lifelong learning activities that will truly benefit their students as well as helping them pursue their own personal career goals. This paper examines some of the key issues in this complex topic.

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