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Jakarta Post

Want to sleep well? Become a teacher

  • Duncan Graham


Jakarta   /   Sat, August 24, 2019   /  08:27 am
Want to sleep well? Become a teacher Teacher's quality is important in education, minister says. (Shutterstock/-)

It’s a curse that’s dogged educators since 1903: ‘He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.’ Just one pithy line from the prolific Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw’s Man and Superman — a drama or comedy now rarely performed. It was delivered in 1903 so should have been eclipsed by reason long ago. It’s also objectionable for the gender-specific assumption. Yet it persists as an age-authenticated quote for parents who put status before service, fearing their children might opt for a chalkface career. Though not Anita Lie. The professor doesn’t pause to reload when targeting the GBS cynicism: “Teaching is the noble profession. “The image hasn’t always been good. It started deteriorating under [second president] Soeharto when the focus was on economic development, but now it’s getting better...

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