Step Inside the Time Machine – The History of Technology & Distance Learning

I found this infographic particularly interesting because it makes reference to a governess in 1445. Most people in America have the misconception that “governess” is the British word for “nanny.” According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary:

nanny: a woman who is paid to care for a young child usually in the child’s home

governess: a woman who is paid to care for and teach a child in the child’s house

Why is this distinction so important to me when most parents in America have babysitters, even fewer have a nanny, and most people in America have never met a governess nor have they met anyone who has a governess. The distinction is important to me because I am a Certified Professional Governess. Governesses are teachers who also take care of the physical needs of their charges (children). A nanny must have a high school diploma in order to be accepted into the certification program and a governess must have a four-year degree. The studies to become a governess are more academically rigorous than for a nanny. I am a member of a very small group. There are only about six people per year who earn their governess certification in America. I have changed my focus to teaching adults, but I will forever be a teacher, whatever title you give it.




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  One thought on “Step Inside the Time Machine – The History of Technology & Distance Learning

  1. Brent Wilson
    September 23, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Jennifer, you should BOLD the AND TEACH part in the governess – I had to go back and carefully re-read the definitions to see it!
    But I get your point: A teacher IS an expanded role, and having a governess is yet another way to bring education to the child and into the home, which we all need more of – with or without the technology!

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