Teachers hold a very sensitive role in the modern civilized society. Regarded as social engineers, teachers possess immense knowledge on various issues that affect our daily lives as a community of human beings. However, the teaching profession has not received the recognition and respect it deserves. Partly, this can be attributed to the fact that many people in the society do not understand the importance of a teacher in the society (Singh and Samiti). In many countries, teachers are poorly remunerated, even in developed countries. The teaching profession should be accorded the weight and recognition it deserves. In order to achieve this, it is prudent to identify the role and social importance of teachers in the society. This paper explores the social contributions of teachers to the modern civilized society.
Teachers impart knowledge and values on learners (Singh and Samiti). Currently, knowledge capital is an important ingredient in the growth of economy. Through provision of intellectual capital, teachers can be considered to be pillars of a sustainable and progressive society (Singh and Samiti). Teachers possess pedagogic content, curricular and contextual knowledge, which are all essential in the creation of a knowledge base (Singh and Samiti). A sustainable knowledge base helps in modeling of economic platforms which are enormously important in a progressive society (Szucs 3). In addition, values which are passed on by teachers to students help in shaping children’s behaviors (Singh and Samiti). The development of positive and desirable personality traits among individuals in the society can thus be attributed to the good work of teachers.
Another important social contribution made by teachers to the society is the aspect of leadership and guidance (Singh and Samiti). Teachers are perhaps the best examples of guiders and leaders in the social setting. As such, a teacher demonstrates to the society how a dynamic leader should behave and act (Collay 32). Apart from being leaders in classrooms and school offices, teachers serve as self-motivated forces in the society. Children can develop leadership qualities which are essential in the development of productive social aspects through observing teachers’ behaviors and actions (Collay 32). Teachers are also important in the society in the sense that they demonstrate the importance of socialization and humanization. They create good rapport with learners and fellow adults, thereby serving as good examples of social beings in the society (Villegas and Lucas 192).
Teachers are also builders of educational systems in every country. They are responsible for our success and failures (Singh and Samiti). Through adequate policy making by teachers, various government agencies create proper educational systems which ensure a continuous production of intellectual capital in the society (Villegas and Lucas 191). Teachers also train students on how to solve various problems facing the human race in the modern world (Singh and Samiti). Through training and development of curricula, teachers develop the educational system. A productive educational system ensures that the society experiences constant production of reliable and motivated individuals.
Teachers also serve as a drive for creativeness and innovation (Hargreaves 64). Teachers possess the necessary competence to foster innovative creations, which are the primary elements of future development (Szucs 4). Thus, the future of the society rests on the hands of teachers. Teachers therefore act as the bridge through which old tactics and technologies are modeled into modernized and integrated technical skills. Computer skills, for instance, are transferred from one person to another through effective teaching (Hargreaves 64). This practice has led to development of sustainable social amenities through application of technologies and technical skills (Szucs 4). Thus, teachers are important figures in the society, since they possess the knowledgeable assets needed for future development of the society.
A teacher also demonstrates to the society the importance of tolerating and fostering diversity (Villegas and Lucas 192). Students from various backgrounds and social upbringings can be effectively managed by a single teacher. Through the teacher’s caring attitude, the self-esteem of students or earners is desirably improved (Villegas and Lucas 192). In addition, a teacher tolerates disparities in cultures and social values, which are possessed by the learners. Thus, a teacher is the best diversity manager in the society (Hargreaves 63). One importance of diversity in the society is that it promotes productive interactions in the society, a factor that encourages teamwork and increased production. Confidence-building approaches that are used by teachers in the course of their profession bolster the creation of ambitions by learners (Hargreaves 63). As such, future success of the society is ensured through teaching.
Teachers provide psychological therapy to people in the society (Singh and Samiti). Many schools offer guidance and counseling courses to learners. Through this counseling, students with psychological problems can be motivated to develop and adopt positive attitudes towards life (Hargreaves 64). Teachers encourage learners and other people in the society to face problems with braveness and courage in order to overcome difficult situations (Singh and Samiti). As such, they provide the much-needed psychological therapy that helps in promoting social interactions. In addition, teachers apprise learners about possible harms and dangers that might affect the prevalent social cohesion in the society (Singh and Samiti). This psychological therapy and teachings on safety precautions enables people to develop better living platforms on which to build self-esteem and confidence (Szucs 3).
Teachers can help in teaching people how to manage time in the course of daily tasks (Singh and Samiti). Teachers develop lesson plans which depict the preparedness and capability to plan that should be possessed by human beings (Villegas and Lucas 198). Proper time management helps people to save time and be productive. The mature experience possessed by teachers with regards to time management is a worthwhile asset in the society (Singh and Samiti). Keeping track of one’s activities through proper planning and time management is an essential practice in the life of human beings (Villegas and Lucas 192). This is because it leads to decrease in social mistakes and fosters efficiency in production. Achieving scheduled targets helps in minimizing conflicts which would otherwise compromise the social fabric in the society.
Teachers also help in nurturing the capability and potential of learners (Szucs 3). This is because they encourage the adoption of productive policies and technical skills, which ensure that the society is adequately furbished with knowledgeable people. Teachers help learners to meet challenges that exist in the society through adaptation of best practices (Villegas and Lucas 192). They possess necessary qualifications which enable people to develop relevant skills which are consistent to the available and non-available job opportunities (Singh and Samiti). Such an endeavor amounts to effectively nurturing the potential that is possessed by learners and other people in the society (Villegas and Lucas 192). In addition, teachers prepare students to be lifelong learners and developers. This enables such people to adequately exploit their talents and acquired skills, a practice that facilitates proper nurturing of potential and capability.
Through development of sustainable educational systems and reform policies, teachers also make the transmission of valuable virtues among individuals in the society an easy task. For instance, promotion of virtues such as punctuality, truthfulness, handwork, love and sincerity among others is regarded as the hallmark of effective educational systems in any society (Singh and Samiti). Such virtues help in shaping the character of various professionals, such as management, nursing, engineering, business administration and law professionals. Thus, it can be deduced that teaching is an immensely important profession in the society. Imparting moral values, virtues, ethical standards and promotion of tranquility in the society are all important elements in the creation of a cohesive social fabric.
Teaching is a profession that demands maximum respect and dedication. However, the modern society has not accorded these attributes to this profession, a trend that should be curtailed at all costs. A teacher has various valuable roles in the society today. For instance, teaching ensures that continuous production of intellectual capital is achieved. Teachers impart knowledge and values on learners, thereby facilitating the growth of a knowledge base in the society. In addition, teachers offer moral guidance and psychological therapies to learners and other people in the society. Teachers also act as role models, since they possess leadership qualities which can be emulated y other leadership stakeholders in the society. Moreover, teaching is associated with the development of sustainable educational systems which enable proper policy making and transmission of various skills.