Some people think that teachers should be responsible for teaching students to judge what is right and wrong to behave well. Others say that teachers should only teach students academic subjects. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
A well-known adage from India says “Acharya Devo bhava,” which means teachers are next to A well-known adage from India says “Acharya Devo bhava,” which means teachers are next to God. Right from ancient times, teachers are put in the highest position. It is a highly debatable topic whether teachers should be concerned with only academics or also teach manners and etiquette to children. In this essay, I intend to discuss both perspectives. I, however, believe that teachers have a much wider role than just teaching subjects.
The teacher is like a potter who moulds the earthen vessels in whichever form he wants. A child’s mind is like raw clay and is very much ready to be moulded in the shape it is guided to. A good teacher always feels responsible for developing a child’s conscience. He has the potential to become a friend, philosopher and guide for his students. With this special position in students’ life, he often acts as their role model. His words highly influence the minds of the students. Students always try to imitate his actions or implement his teachings, so they must be careful of his behaviour. Therefore, in that respect, a teacher has a much more role than just teaching academic subjects.
Furthermore, teachers convey many good things to parents and society through students in many parts of the world. For example, in Nepal, where the illiteracy rate is very high, teachers convey many valuable messages such as personal hygiene through students. When a student goes home and tells his parents that his teacher says everyone should wash hands before meals, parents listen. In such set-ups, teachers are playing a much greater role than academicians.
On the other hand, those who say that teachers should only concentrate on teaching course material argue that competition is stiff. If children lag in curriculum, they will never be able to catch up with their counterparts in other parts of today’s global village. They opine that parents can teach rules of behaviour at home.
In conclusion, I believe that teachers have a much bigger role than just covering the syllabus.
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