The Importance of Good Teaching

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Teachers are what have shaped the society we live in today. Without the work of teachers, the world would be a cesspool of failure and stagnation. Gary Gutting explains in his essay, “What is College For?”, that it is a teacher’s job to expand the students interests, and thus making the students more interesting themselves. He asserts that teachers are not meant to make their subject seem more interesting to the student as that would only serve to stifle the student to stay in their comfort zone of learning. Students must learn practical skills in a classroom setting for the betterment of society. Without proper learning our civilization would not be preserved nor advanced. Gutting points out the seriousness of the lack of engagement students have with the university curriculum which leaves them disconnected to their studies. As a side effect, the students develop a lukewarm attitude to learning that leads to complacency, which could ultimately produce mediocre workers. This lack of engagement prevails in every school regardless of the quality of students and teachers, but it is worse in schools of lower quality. One would initially disagree with this philosophy in that the best way to engage students is to tailor the course experience to their liking. After further analysis however, Guttings audience can better understand his concept and appreciate good teachers on a whole new level. Jennifer Tran, a student at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, opened the eyes to readers in a recent blog post regarding Guttings conclusion. Tran states, “Gutting is suggesting teachers be able to expose their students to different interests, rather than be the sole provider for their students’ curiosity.” Gutting wants students to go beyond their interests and Tran points out the teacher’s role. She agrees that it is up to the individual to make the subject provocative. She also…...

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