Educators follow the curriculum and check standards off their list.  They do what they’re told and pray for kids to pass their tests.  They are in education for any number of noble or ignoble reasons.

Educationists are self-motivated, undeterred by low pay, system constraints, or political minefields.  They are advocates who serve the best interests of students in any educational setting by facilitating students’ natural desire to discover and contribute to the world they live in.

Educators are teachers of content.  Educationists are educators with a pinch of artistry and a dash of ministry as they seek to educate mind, body, & soul…their own & those around them.

10 thoughts on “What’s the difference between an educator and an educationist?

  1. I’m a special educationist, I graduated from Unijos in 2009. I am in need of a job in my field. Thanks.

    1. Forgive me for taking a long hiatus from this blog. I hope you have found a job now. I was helped by my university’s career center. From there I applied at different districts throughout the south eastern region of my country. I have no experience navigating a cross-continental career search.

  2. I love education but l fail in all exams I take. What is the way out? Is there anything I am not doing as student please help me.

    1. William please forgive me for taking a few years off from this blog. I hope you are feel more successful now! My advice to you and to any student struggling is to ask yourself these analogical questions: “What strength do I have that equips me to be the creative captain of my own ship? What am I steering my ship toward or away from? What is my anchor and how will I know when to cast it?”

  3. Educationists are self-motivated, undeterred by low pay, system constraints, or political minefields. They are advocates who serve the best interests of students in any educational setting by facilitating students’ natural desire to discover and contribute to the world they live in.

  4. Very true educationists are are driven by passion are more those who are called to educate.Educators are those that are trained to do so.Educationists it is an inborn thing.

    1. Alice, please forgive me for taking so long to reply. I agree with you that educators are trained and educationists are “called,” I believe by God, and equipped with a passionate commitment to help learners construct knowledge and wisdom that will pay positive dividends in relationships and communities. I would compare educators to potters and educationists to farmers. Educators tend to view students as clay to be sculpted. Educationists tend to view a complete landscape of opportunity to plant, nurture, and cultivate in and beyond the student.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s