Egle · Teacher at DNS
When most people talk about getting an “education,” they’re talking about gaining degrees, diplomas, and certificates. We meet someone with a master’s degree and call her “well-educated.” Educated people get paid more — this is clear. But an education that only prepares someone to make money is a narrow education indeed.
Furthermore, my own experiences related with many years in conventional schools and universities are related with sitting in the classroom for long hours, storing the information in standardized boxes like “Grammar”, “Geography”, “Math” and following the demands of the curriculum.
But trips in nature, performing in a theatre play, a good discussion, a serious relationship, or an international adventure feels more significant than an entire year of school?
The experiences I gained at DNS Teacher Training College brought me to understand that education must empower us to lead our own life, develop social connections and lift people up and bring them together. It must minimize the chances of being manipulated or becoming an actor in someone else’s play. It must produce self-aware and self-motivated humans, not anxiety-riddled worker bees awaiting their next orders.
I’m in DNS Teacher Training College because I strongly believe that education is the tool for creating a better world for all of us. I think the purpose of education is to educate open minded and responsible world citizens. The best way to accomplish this, is to educate teachers through a challenging programme which allows them to discover these values by themselves. My job is to create the best conditions for this to happen.
As a team teacher, I find myself in extraordinarily interesting situations. For instance, having team meetings till late night, fixing the bus together with students somewhere in Western Sahara, driving the bus, cooking, working in the garden, organizing events, giving courses, going together with students for investigations, traveling around Europe and giving presentations, learning how to be together. For me, no mission is more important or rewarding.
So – to be a teacher is a mission. I think being a DNS team teacher is one of the most beautiful, encouraging and most demanding and challenging jobs you could ever have.
More Humans of DNS
I hope DNS will teach me the essential pedagogical skills that I will need in order to become the effective activist that I want to become, who uses education as a tool of mobilisation.
I feel it’s a key point to keep questioning what has been considered a norm. I would like to immerse myself into what we assume about learning and teaching and search for alternatives.
I have decided to join DNS for many reasons – one being that after my many adventures I have come to realise how important education is and that it plays a key role in societal change.
Theresa Link graduated from DNS in 2012. She has worked as a social educator and teacher in Denmark and Germany. Music and performance art are some of her passions.
My passion for learning makes me invest quite some time in finding out new things, new ways and new processes and, of course, my passion for learning made me become a teacher.
I see DNS Teacher Training as a lifestyle which will challenge the concept of education in the world and help people like me to transform and find the unique kind of teacher within. Either we rebel or we don’t.