The profession of teaching requires life-long learning. In fact, there is no way, in a single lifetime, that a teacher can learn as much as one needs to know about the subject one teaches and about how young people learn. (That’s one of the attractions of the job.) Professionals need to be self-directed with the freedom to experiment. Continuing learning is essential for teachers, but teachers in the United States spend more hours each week teaching in the classroom and fewer hours in professional development than those in any other industrialized country.
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