The following is a guest post from Adrienne Carlson, who contacted me via email to offer this article. A short bio of Adrienne appears at the end of the blog entry. Thanks, Adrienne, for your contribution!

Does The Quality of Education Depend on Teachers?

by Adrienne Carlson

Every parent sends their child to school hoping that the education they receive will stand them in good stead throughout their lives. And to this end, they try to choose the best school they can afford and hope that the teachers at the school are dedicated and committed to helping children bring out the best in themselves. But, are teachers really the deciding factor in how worthwhile an education is?

When you’re younger, the answer is probably yes. You look up to your teachers and are more likely to be influenced by them. You believe what they tell you, even when it is different from what your parents teach you. And you want to be like them, because at that age, they are the ultimate role models that your tender mind can think of.

But as you grow older, teachers no longer hold the same sway over you that they once did, and you begin to take them for granted, unless they’re exceptionally special that is. Some teachers do have a certain magnetism that draws students to them and makes them more attentive in their classes. They have a magic way of making a class seem much more interesting, and even if it isn’t one of your favorite subjects, it soon becomes the class you most look forward to. But this breed of teachers is rare, so rare in fact that you can count the number you meet in your lifetime in half a hand.

There are other teachers who try their best, but in spite of all their efforts, they cannot induce interest where there is none. But they do their job as best as they can and try to help students with whatever doubts or questions they may have. These teachers don’t make much of an impact, and it’s not like the education you receive is greatly enhanced by their presence in your lives.

And then there is the rest of the bunch, the ones who just go through their classes like automatons. They don’t bother to check if the students are learning anything or if they’re struggling through their lessons. And the more the number of this kind of teacher, the less students learn.

In short, the older you grow, the less dependent you are on your teachers to provide you with a good education. Self learning is probably the easiest and most effective way to learn a subject. While teachers may play the role of facilitators, they don’t do anything to improve the way you learn or determine how effective your knowledge gathering process is.

So does this mean that teachers are not necessary in the education process? No, not at all – it only means that they are not the only factor that determines how and how much students learn, and that the faster a child learns to think and reason for himself, the more he is bound to learn before he becomes an adult.


This guest article was written by Adrienne Carlson, who regularly writes (check out her blog) on the topic of online accredited degrees . Adrienne welcomes your comments and questions at her email address:

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