No, it is not, and yet they can complement each other. In theory both teachers and parents have similar goals when it comes to helping children develop their potential and becoming good citizens and human beings. However, the parents’ role is paramount to the child’s overall formation, while the teacher’s role usually is focused on, though not limited to, developing academic and social skills.
Children spend more time at home than at school, that’s a fact, but in modern times, it can be argued that some children spend more time interacting with their teachers than with their parents, thus, the teachers may have a greater role to play when it comes to imparting education, both academic and moral.
Some parents work hard to make ends meet and that translates into sacrificing the raising of their children. They spend little time with them, can’t help them with their homework, miss their transcendental moments of growth, miss their dramas and conflicts and pretty much end up not knowing their own children as they should. I can’t talk about figures, I do not have any at hand, but I want to think that that percentage is lower than the regular parents who spend quality time with their kids and significantly contribute to their wellbeing.
A good teacher, though may, as they did in the old days, assume the role of instructor and parent since in some cultures teachers still have the authority to even punish physically (it used to be like that in mine). Children were very respectful of teachers’ authority because parents gave their consent for teachers to exercise full authority in matter academic and otherwise.
Strictly speaking, today some societies have restricted the things teachers are allowed to do, to the extent of even banning all forms of physical contact. Affection grows, nonetheless between teachers and students of all ages, for the reasons exposed above and even amid restrictions teachers can find ways to positively influence children’s behavior and attitudes along the lines of parental guidance, thus keeping the ideal complementation that should characterize that process.
Both parents and teacher must fight a society that every day through different means and legal mechanisms complicates what used to be seen as a simple process: educating our children. Parents did their part at home; teachers did theirs at school; both tried to be coherently connected so that no contradictions (moral or otherwise) would complicate children’s perception of what was expected of them. But now we see tensions growing between both roles and now we see contradictions being imposed, sometimes by the school, sometimes at home.
I think both are complementary, although the role of the parent is much more important in education.
The teacher "teaches" by definition, and what is called "education" is more like teaching at school. The teacher inculcates mastery of a certain knowledge: reading, calculation, history, physical activity ... It is only during a civic education course, for a question of discipline or when l teacher speaks to children anecdotally or occasionally (on a school subject or not) that the child receives an education. For example, the history of religions is a great opportunity to educate individuals to tolerance. But it is especially not the teacher alone to educate on values, or even on behaviors: to teach a child to be polite, calm when it is necessary, to sit well at the table, not to heckle ... Good behavioral learning must come essentially from the parent.
Our parents are considered as the first teachers of our children. They are the ones molding their children character and mind.
Teachers at school are considered secondary but play a very important role in the child's imagination and understanding as it digs more into industry and reality. The approaches are natural, societal, and most importantly follows the rules and regulations set by the entities.
Both of them are very important and I can say they have both intensities in terms of creating impact to a children's career. The same importance, and both are very crucial for a child to understand more having the right attitude and character.
@Ijoel, Parents are greatest teacher for sure, so directly or indirectly parents transfer the knowledge of life. And we have to understand one thing and that is, teachers come and go but parents are the one who will guide their children forever no matter if their children are with them or not. So parents are the greatest teachers.
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