Education is a team effort.

@megamatt (14327)
United States
March 8, 2011 9:43am CST
Between a teacher and their students. Without the students being willing to learn, then there is not much that a teacher can do. On the flip side, without a teacher that has a lot of knowledge in the subject and can explain as easily as breathing, the students suffer. Both parties need to work in tandem and sadly, these days, while there are still some really good teachers out there, the team effort is lost, as education has turned mostly into a mechanical process to satisfy government mandates, rather then enrich the lives of both the students and teachers.
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@SimpleBB (1332)
• Philippines
9 Mar 11
I agree with you more than hundred percent, friend. Teachers are there to feed us knowledge on things that we could not learn in our home. If not, why need them while we all have parents? They are responsible to enhance whatever already have gained from our parents. And besides, that's why there is the so-called "formal education". I learned from one of my former professor that it really takes two in obtaining quality education. He sometime told us, his students, that if we don't like the professor, better have interest in the subject...if we don't like the subject, better try to appreciate the teachings of the teacher. But if we don't like both, we better drop the subjects for it will be a waste of time, money and effort. But for me, we do have to like even one, for it will be for our oown benefits. Happy mylotting.
• India
9 Mar 11
great sayings. truly that professor will be great.
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
9 Mar 11
That is some good, sound advice for sure. That professor seems to know the game better than most. I think most have not really gotten that, in fact whether it would be teachers or it would be students. It is just one rather simple little fact about education. You're just better off not wasting your time and more importantly the time of those who are going to be there to learn. Thanks for responding. It is appreciated. Have a nice day.
@devinim (79)
• India
9 Mar 11
its really true my friend. education is a team effort. but now a days it become mechanical. students are going to colleges only because of the force of parents. the things should change. we, the Indians,hav a history when there exists "guru kula" system. in which all the shishya(students) are camped in GURU'S(teacher's) place and will obey all his orders to gain some knowledge. in that days education is something valuable. we all should work our best for keeping a very good relation btw us and teachers, then only we will get the benefit.
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
10 Mar 11
Communication and understanding is truly the key thing. If everything becomes a process, then any interaction can be loss. I mean, if something is mechanical, then a computer can do the same job that the teacher can or a teacher can lecture a blank wall. That is the reason why there are some failings, but hopefully the team effort can be established. Thanks for responding. It is appreciated. Have a nice day.
@isadora (22)
• China
9 Mar 11
yeah.you are correct. education must be a team effort, one poeple can not teach the students well.
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
10 Mar 11
Indeed it is a team effort. Everyone has to work hand and hand, and if there is some people that are not working together, it can really be frustrating for all parties. Therefore work together for a greater education. Thanks for responding. It is appreciated. Have a nice day.
• United States
9 Mar 11
I am so glad you said this! So many teachers in the US think they should have to do nothing to engage students, and so many students think the teacher is there to entertain them. That is one of the big things wrong in public education in the U.S.--that disconnect. Another problem is that in this age of standardized testing, teachers are forced to teach to the test. A teacher who is good with hands-on demonstration cannot spend much time on it because it takes away from test preparation. The students suffer as a result. Hands-on demonstrations should be part of the testing...the testing should not be so paper-and-pencil.
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
9 Mar 11
Yeah that can lead to only a fraction of education that could be available. There is a certain amount of things that can be learned with a test but the problem is, it just is going to get you trapped in a box. It tends to lead to a great deal of problems when you get trapped inside said box and then you are going to have some frustrations for certain. That does nothing more but cripple the effectiveness between teachers and students. Thanks for responding. It is appreciated. Have a nice day.
@EdnaReyes (2628)
• Philippines
9 Mar 11
Learning process takes place when there is stimulus and reactions. The stimulus coming from a teacher and the reaction from the students then all of these results in CHANGE in behavior, skills, talents, etc. Now a days, modern technology has made innovations in Educations, there's what we called distance learning where the learners and the learned are separated by space and time.But these do not diminished the goal of education, what happens now is that many distractions are present that can take away concentrations both for teachers and students!
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
9 Mar 11
I think that there will always be some level of distractions. How the students and teachers work in tandem to eliminate those distractions, is down to the fact of how well they are communicating. It is the nature in the world these days that everything is more long distance. It is up for both sides to use that as an advantage, as opposed to a deterrent. Thanks for responding. It is appreciated. Have a nice day.
@cebumd (65)
• Philippines
9 Mar 11
Indeed education is a team effort. It cannot just be a mechanical effort by the teacher to enumerate the things to learn. By his actions even, a teacher continues to "teach" even outside the classroom through modelling. Of course the student also must contribute.
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
9 Mar 11
Both have to contribute again. If one party is not completely on board, then it will be hard. The teacher more so than the students a lot of the time but there is only so much that teachers can in fact do without the effort of their students. It is really just a tandem effort to be certain. Thanks for sharing. It is appreciated. Have a nice day.
@Liliac26 (558)
• Romania
8 Mar 11
I absolutely agree. Motivated students and good teachers make the best teams. It's important for the teacher to present the information in such a manner that the student can understand it. But if the latter is unwilling to listen, there's nothing the teacher can say to make him learn. And how can students become motivated when most of the information they're given doesn't relate at all to their life and interests? I think the school curriculum is at fault here.
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
9 Mar 11
The efforts do in fact go hand and hand to be sure. Students can't function without the good teachers. Of course, there are some students that go unwilling because of teachers that are not fit for the job. However, the fact remains, that is that if there are not motivated students, then the teacher can really do the best to motivate them but its often much to do about nothing. Thanks for responding. It is appreciated. Have a nice day.
@Eugene126 (124)
• United States
8 Mar 11
You are very correct, education should be a team effort. Many parents fail to grasp that concept
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
8 Mar 11
It is sadly lacking. At one time, all parties were working together. This time, parents have their own agenda lot of the time, not so much helping their children, but pressuring them to do better, to perhaps make up for whatever shortcomings. This leads to students being apathetic at best towards school or absolutely hating it at worst. A vicious, vicious cycle to say the very least and one that just keeps spinning. Thanks for responding. It is appreciated. Have a nice day.
@didi13 (2927)
• Romania
10 Mar 11
Ideal relationship between a teacher and a student is simply a human relationship. No more, nor less.Only that this relationship is marked from the outset of the asymmetry:a professorship is a vocation, being a student is not . The student is usually looking for a vocation - or, more frequently, looking for a job. As that will constantly ask: What use is it me? In the professor, if honest, will have to answer in many cases that what has just tried to tell them or show them is not a guarantee nor wealth nor happiness ... teacher-student relationship is so difficult to build, step by step. And it involves both one of the largest art of human communication,which is to listen to the other. But students are often too young to have that patience, and teachers are sometimes too tired to have more patience ... A normal relationship on the team, between teacher and students need time and place and therefore outside the classroom:if the teacher is ready to dialogue, then a student to take an interest, for one problem or another for a teacher or another. Or even for a peer group or another, for "student life" is all that can be better in these years. "