Originally Posted by VAChief
Therein lies the ignorance. Difficult for every student no, but for many it is a monumental challenge.
I come from the private sector and can assure you that there is a long line of "successful" people who are very, very poorly qualified to be a good teacher. So I agree with you and anyone else who wants to judge teachers like they aren't talented. There are insanely brilliant people who have no people skills, aggressive managers who have no patience, others who are poor at coaching other people. Others just don't like distraction -- they want to put their head down and get to work. Other managers who are too selfish and would rather manage the top 5% of their team instead of taking the time to manage the under-performers. For that matter, we see it in academia all the time. There are lots of tremendously smart businesspeople who are shitty at being a professor (and we're talking about teaching grown-ups who are all motivated to do the work).
So yes, I would agree that it's a ridiculous blanket statement to say anybody can teach. I am happy with my private sector career. I think I do fairly well. But I have tried teaching Junior Achievement classes and was not good at it.
However... I will still contend that the biggest problem is that there are also plenty of teachers who fall into that top category as well and they get away with keeping a job they aren't good at.