1. Teachers are appreciated and valued nowadays not as much as they were before.(Students nowadays do not respect teachers as much as they did in the past.)
transform to service industry/shift of status and roles
an expanding number of teachers with wide-ranging levels/disappoint
communications technology enables self-study/reduce the reliance on teachers
When it refers to whether teachers are respected as much as before, the discussion over this issue provokes widespread concern among individuals and in the society. Some hold that teacher is always a respectful career which is attached with dignity and honor, but the opponents cast doubt on this statement. From my perspective, I side with the view that teachers are depreciated and less important due primarily to the transformation of education and the soar of communications technology.
The first and foremost reason for the decline of teacher is that education is transforming to service industry. Given that customer-oriented trend has been the mainstream in many industries, education is inevitably influenced. As a result, teachers’ status and role has been shifted from respected authorities to facilitators. To offer an example, a host of teachers actively publicize their microblog and wechat to students to obtain more attention and expand their reputation, in other words, to attract more students. What’s more, their attitude toward students has largely changed as well. They regard themselves as service provider in this student-oriented education industry.
Another equally important factor that contributes to the decline of teachers involves the flooding of an expanding number of teachers with wide-ranging levels. Due to the fact that teacher is relatively stable job with decent salary, numerous new graduates step into this industry. These new teachers lack teaching qualification and experience, which will result in the fall of education quality. Consequently, teachers as a whole are devalued by the society. To further illustrate this, my teacher in a training center could serve as a typical example. She is only three years older than me and inexperienced. Sometimes, she cannot control the class. She is so lovely that I treat her as a sister instead of a teacher. As can be seen from my experience, it is hard for young and inexperienced teachers to gain respect from students.
Additionally, we cannot turn a blind eye to the rise of modern communications technology. There is no denying that computers and Internet exert a crucial part in students’ study currently. Thanks to the wide application of high-tech devices, more students choose self-study, which in turn reduces the reliance on teachers. It can be given a concrete example that Washington Post conducted a survey aiming to find out the change of study modes in 100 universities in America. The data from the survey suggests that 80% of the respondents have self-study experience via more than one channel. The reason behind this is that modern technological applications can replace teachers to some extent. Therefore, teachers’ status is threatened.
In a nutshell, considering those eloquent reasons discussed above, we may come to the conclusion that teachers’ value and role is undergoing a decline. It is highly possible that teacher will become a normal service career without much respect in the future.