I realise that after 20 years in my current profession I wish I had gone into the teaching profession. I think there maybe some merit in taking professionals from the private sector after several years and asking them to teach children such as engineers, accountants, alchemists etc. They can use practical examples with their teaching and liven up the classes a bit more. Also with the contacts gained in the industry, there may be a chance to visit more well defined places of interest with the school children rather than those tried and tested visits year in year out, you know the ones I mean, city based farms, outdoor woodlands and the famous sewer works. They have their uses, but after a while get a bit boring.
It all sounds lovely and was one reason I so enjoyed my early years in teaching, pre national curriculum. As time progressed I felt any opportunity for creativity by either teacher or child was gradually being squeezed from the curriculum and the 'divergent thinking' I was trained to encourage became frowned upon. One of my teacher trainers told me I was a 'creative irritant' - you know, like in an oyster, stirring up the child to make it produce something beautiful. I genuinely don't think there is seen to be any value in that now - teachers are supposed to produce measurable 'outcomes' and efficient little machines who can all do what they have been programmed to do. Much of a teacher's time is spent writing - planning, assessing, reporting. The days when I could spend a day cooking with infant children, or take them outside because the weather was nice and we could go bug hunting, or an oral story telling session was going so well that we just carried on with it, are, I fear, gone. School trips now are carefully choreographed and must be tightly fitted to the curriculum, as well as being 'risk assessed' and anyone the children might come into contact with police checked.
OK I am cynical - good job I don't have chance to pass this view onto impressionable youngsters eh?