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Want to sleep well? Become a teacher

  • Duncan Graham

Malang   /   Sat, August 24 2019   /  01:08 am

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. “People in general still treat teachers and the profession with respect...