Teachers – their impact

As adults, we can remember many of our childhood teachers: some we admired, others we did not.   The reasons for our preferences remain myriad: from the way they handled the subject matter to the manner in which they approached us.  Regardless, our perceptions of our teachers often coloured our interest in the subjects they taught.  Our interest in subjects ultimately impacted our careers and our future. 

The choice of a teacher is therefore of extreme importance.  Yet, most of us let the ‘system’, whether private school or public school, do this selection for us.  Some parents try their best to find a ‘good’ extra lessons teacher for the subjects in which their children are ‘weak’.  Kudos to them for their effort and expense, but that creates other problems which we will discuss elsewhere.  Even so, we as parents, can only act on feedback from our children and many refuse to feedback.  There may be reasons for that.  This too we will discuss elsewhere.

One school of thought, so to speak, holds that children can teach themselves best.  There may be some wisdom in that.  Afterall, it is only they who know what they know and what they don’t know. Have you ever noticed the exasperation displayed by some younger children on questioning them about things that they do know and which they assume that you know that they do? (a mouthful isn’t it).  The same school of thought posits that children are ‘learning machines’ and that all they need is a proper environment.  I tend to agree with that.  In fact, modern ‘educators’ have dropped the term ‘teacher’ altogether replacing it with ‘facilitator’, especially where the students are adults.  Still the ‘teacher’ approach still dominates.  We dictate what they must learn. Call it what you like, a rose by any other name…

This entry was posted in Teachers. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply