Society Trusts (and Expects a Lot From) Teachers. Why?

Teachers are the conduit for the quality of life in America, because they touch just about every adult in the nation at some point in their lives. Let’s look at some of the reasons society trusts teachers and what society expects of teachers.

Public trust. Teachers carry a great responsibility. They are educating American youth, the future members of society, and they are perceived by society as highly important. Teachers are also given a lot of power over children. Parents expect teachers to do a good job in teaching and influencing their children and expect their children to obey and respect teachers. Most students in this small group are working together—except one student. How would you react to the problematic student?

Teacher accountability. Even though the public may not agree completely about what should be taught, there is general agreement that teachers should be held accountable for promoting student learning. As a teacher, you’ll be expected to understand and adjust to various student characteristics, such as student background, learning styles, and attitude toward education, to carry out your teaching responsibilities. You must create a safe and positive learning environment for all students. You’ll also be responsible for maintaining professional working standards and equalizing educational opportunities.

Teacher competency and effectiveness. Society requires teachers who are competent and effective at their jobs. As a teacher, you’ll be expected to have a deep understanding of a wide range of instructional strategies, curriculum materials, classroom management techniques, and educational technologies, and the ability to incorporate these into the learning environment. And although students today come from diverse backgrounds, you’ll be expected to bring out the potential in all your students. To achieve this, you’ll need to draw effectively from a wide selection of instructional strategies and resources to promote student learning.

0 Replies to “Society Trusts (and Expects a Lot From) Teachers. Why?”

  1. The teacher is irreplaceable despite the great technological advancements in the sector of education with the advent of Assistive or even Autonomous Artificial Intelligence applications which provide a personalized learning experience tailored to each students needs.

    The reason is ‘pedagogy’, the same reason that teachers are the respectful figures of our society that we are all familiar with, as despite the long list of benefits that such technologies herald they can’t compensate for pedagogy. As Wikipedia sets it :

    “The pedagogue’s job is usually distinguished from a teacher’s by primarily focusing on teaching children life-preparing knowledge such as social skills and cultural norms. There is also a very big focus on care and well-being of the child. Many pedagogical institutions also practice social inclusion. The pedagogue’s work also consists of supporting the child in their mental and social development.”

    It’s a field where the human element is irreplaceable, where no machine or AI can make up for it, because let’s not forget that, school is, or in any case should be, both the center of developing skill and the gate the student has to go through in order to join society as a well prepared citizen, whatever that means.

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