Not all educators are the same and, if you really look at it, there are some students who do not want to learn. The relationship between student and teacher has been an important one since the ancient times. A student spends almost half their waking time at school and a third of that time is spent in some kind of interaction with teachers.
When thinking of great teachers, Aristotle (385 BC – 322 BC) is brought to mind. Aristotle was a Greek polymath and philosopher. He taught Alexander the Great and was also as student of Plato. His writing endeavors covered poetry, music, metaphysics, physics, logic, rhetoric, politics, biology, and government ethics. Plato, who taught Aristotle, was also a teacher of Socrates.
Why was Aristotle so important as a teacher? His views on physical science helped to shape medieval scholarship. This extended into the Renaissance which was replaced by Newtonian physics. So if Aristotle was a bad student, Alexander the Great would not have been so great. If Plato and Aristotle had lived in today’s era with our current system of education many benefits of education might not be in existence today. This lends to the idea that current educational models must be created to not only teach those present but also to consider the potential of great minds to come.
There is not a teacher out there that knows how to teach every student. Throughout Kindergarten until graduation, a student only job is to show up to class and attempt to learn. If the student fails to learn how to learn by the time they reach college, the system will fail them. Today’s system is failing and both teachers and students are trying to achieve in a system that is falling apart from the inside out. Bad students and teachers are not the problem, but a system that is full of blaming others instead of looking at the system itself is. As a teacher of 15 years, I cannot stand to hear a fellow teacher say that a student could not be reached. They are paid to teach and to reach every student no matter how much work is involved.
Every aspect of today’s society has some sort of rating associated to it. Education is no different because there is always some sort of rating, either of a school or a student, which gives a failing or a passing grade. Students, as society sees it, are looked upon as someone’s children and teacher’s feel that the weight of humanity rests upon their shoulders. In both instances the premise is false. Many students throughout history have had some sort of negative experience in school. It is too easy to blame teachers. The question that should be asked is not if the teacher is bad, but who hired that bad teacher. It is not right to blame the teacher or to blame the student.
To be fair, there are some bad students. There are some students who truly do not want to be in the educational system and will strive to fail to get their way. They do not want to learn and forcing them to learn by ‘good teachers’ will only drive them away from the system faster. No matter the method used, these students will learn only when they want to.