Do you know what grinds my gears?
When people underestimate the importance of teachers in our society!
Don’t underestimate teachers: without them, our society would collapse.
There would be no doctors to mend the sick.
There would be no engineers to build infrastructure.
Electricity wouldn’t exist.
The internet would just be an idea.
And there would be no great minds that would contribute to the betterment of our world.
Although this topic may seem apparent, I’m still going to justify their value by sharing with you reasons proving their extreme importance.
After all, they are the true hope of our future.
Without them, you wouldn’t even be able to read this very article.
1. Formal education
If you’re a regular person, like me, then I’d assume that you’ve mastered math in a classroom.
Granted, your mom or dad may have taught addition and subtraction to you first, but being proficient at it is all thanks to your math teacher for consistently bombarding you with equations and math problems.
Furthermore, they have the patience to assess and refine your skills.
They are there to help you reach your maximum potential.
My point is, formally educating you with math, science, and English is a teacher’s primary role.
Teachers who do their job right can build a future that may soon solve poverty.
Teachers who do the opposite may make things worse.
Formal education is indeed your ticket to success and prosperity. However, without passionate teachers, success and prosperity may only be a fantasy.
2. Character education
Aside from core academic subjects, teachers are important because they are partly responsible for shaping our character.
You have your family that builds your fundamental traits.
Friends that allow you to explore who you are.
Colleagues that allow you to be competitive.
But teachers are obligated to help you become a good person — one who can make a positive impact on everyone.
Well, that’s what a teacher should aim for, and that’s why they are so important as they have the power to shape how the next generation will act.
If a teacher is a racist, his/her students probably are too.
If a teacher preaches love, demonstrates kindness, and is generous, then his/her students probably are as well.
Teachers are important because they mold the next generation’s behavior.
Teachers are the reason why this leader cares for his people, and the other one cares only for himself.
3. Unlocking your full potential
Apart from the two core roles teachers play, teachers also keep an eye on your talents.
Sometimes, we aren’t aware of where we excel or what our innate skills are.
Teachers are pretty good at spotting these golden nuggets.
Without their subtle push and sincere guidance, some of the greatest contributors to humankind wouldn’t exist.
“I know I wouldn’t be where I am today without my fourth-grade teacher, Mrs. Duncan.” — Oprah Winfrey
“Mr. Spurlin helped me organize and run things as a student.” — Bill Clinton
You see, because of teachers, people are more comfortable and confident about the roads they plan on taking.
You spend just as much time in the classroom as your house during your younger years, and the people that first detect where you shine the most are your teachers.
When teachers are passionate about what they do, they can truly bring the best in you.
4. Teachers are the powerhouse of the economy
The more graduates we produce, the stronger the economy.
And how well a teacher teaches his/her student is proportional to the number of graduates produced in an institution.
Teachers are the ones truly responsible for how a country’s workforce performs.
When a teacher dedicates his time to encourage students to never accept failure, the better the students find ways to get a job, build a business, and contribute to society.
This mindset will also propel students to practice excellence over mediocrity, which will, again, positively impact the country’s economy.
That is why it’s also imperative for teachers to facilitate and assess students properly.
Allowing students to pass out of empathy rather than objectively showing capability is a big no as it will instead produce low-quality professionals.
The bottom line
Teachers are more than important in our society, they are essential.
They are what makes our world full of aspiring people.
A great teacher doesn’t limit himself/herself in the confinement of a classroom. A great teacher is one that can positively influence the people around him to become better.
Respect your teachers because, without them, you wouldn’t be able to read this post.