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Categories: Education and Teacher Training, Undergradute
Do you have a passion for teaching? Then you might want to study at the university ranked Top 5 in the UK for Teaching Quality in the The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020.
Teachers, professors, lecturers and all the different professions that fall under the title of educators are all incredibly important. Without people willing to teach others, we wouldn’t be able to transfer knowledge between cultures and generations, and all of human progress would be very slow.
But being an educator can mean a lot more than simply teaching from the classroom or the lecture hall. Some really famous people that you might not think of in these terms are actually educators themselves, and it just goes to show there’s more to education and learning than you might have thought.
Arguably one of the most famous educators around today is Neil deGrasse Tyson. This titan of astrophysiology and cosmology may have started in the classroom at Princeton University, but his journey went much further. A young disciple of the legendary educator and astronomer Carl Sagan, after Princeton Tyson became the Director of the Hayden Planetarium, an incredible, huge interactive astronomy attraction in New York.
By the early 2000s, his rising profile and natural charisma started to land him presenting roles in educational documentaries, not to mention President Bill Clinton appointing him to the Commission on the Future of the United States Aerospace Industry.
Tyson’s celebrity naturally grew to this point and beyond because of his obvious and immense passion for knowledge and for educating others. His lectures are always so captivating because he pours genuine enthusiasm and fascination into them, effortlessly bringing his audiences with him on the educational adventure.
Nothing better distills Tyson’s almost childlike excitement for educating than his Cosmos tv series, an exploration of the solar system that picked up from where his mentor Carl Sagan left the extent of our cosmic knowledge in the 1980s.
Tyson is a brilliant educator and a perfect example of what a brilliant education can do. Being able to capture and hold the interest of audiences, especially young people, is an amazing talent and one that can clearly create amazing opportunities. Perhaps more importantly though, it can create amazing opportunities for the people you’re teaching.
If you think you have the same passion and drive as Tyson, you should think about a career in education.
The University of Bolton offers a comprehensive range of programmes from undergraduate through to doctoral level, including bite-size professional development and full teacher training courses. We cater to students with a burning passion to support others in their educational journeys as well as those with a desire to advance research into education and pedagogy.
Learn more about BA Education and Learning at the University of Bolton and find out how you can apply now.