Obviously, anyone starting off in education will have to go through formal training designed to make them look at various aspects of teaching and learning. I enjoy delivering various CET/DET modules. What I find particularly interesting is the philosophy of education – examining the nature of learning; the politics of formal education and schooling and the role of the teacher and his/her relationship with the community of practice. Ontological and existential questions re the nature education and its role in our society are – to people like myself at least – at the core of modern discourse on education. But it’s an area that raises the least interest among my trainee teachers. I think this is because very few trainees want to delve into what they might consider being nothing but academic wrestling. To them it’s a waste of energy because all they want to know is – what is expected of them as a teacher, how should they teach and how do they pass. Simple as that. Trainees have – again in my experience – very little interest in the philosophical ponderings. Yet it is this very area that will give them confidence and self-assurance in their role as a teacher. Asking questions about what teaching is or what constitutes a class or a classroom, what learning is or – as Foucault questions – what is this thing we call, knowledge. Such enquiries are not purely abstract or academic, they are central in building up trainees’ sense of who they are and their relationship with their subject specialism, their students and the institution in which their work is located. Who are they? What is a teacher? What is his/her purpose? What is the teacher’s responsibility to society or the government? How do we connect with the individual, aesthetics and/or the demands of a market economy? All these enquiries are pertinent to all educationalists but particularly to those directly involved in classroom teaching. So anyone training to become a teacher – look again at this module and the reading list you’ve been given. If you give it a chance, I think you will find this subject enthralling.