Would you rather…

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: A teacher's most important characteristic is his/her...
    ...intelligence. : (17 votes)
    46 %
    ...education. : (4 votes)
    11 %
    ...compassion. : (14 votes)
    38 %
    ...ability to make the X-Files part of the curriculum. : (2 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 4
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    #1. Intelligent

    #2. Compassionate (as long as they’re competent and not a complete idiot)

    #3. I’ll rank in order of “importance”: Compassionate, intelligent, educated. I feel this way because I personally have an extremely hard time learning from someone who doesn’t care if their students succeed or fail. And I also feel that anyone who studies long enough is capable of getting an education. For the sake of this discussion, I am assuming that “educated” means “having a degree”. There are plenty of doctors out there who are so unintelligthat that it’s terrifying. 

    Post # 7
    Member
    1148 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Are you meaning compassionate as showing an emotion like when a student has a bad day and consoling them, or where they have a passion for teaching and seeing their students succeed. Thinking back to high school, which really wasn’t that long ago, there was clearly a difference between teachers who were just there to be there, and those who really wanted us to learn the material and be good at/with it.

    I do think intelligence is important (as PP said, having an education/degree doesn’t necessarily mean you’re good at what you do), but without the passion to teach and help your students learn, they’ll just be left behind in the dust.

    Post # 8
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    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    Intelligence then education then compassion.  Education can only take you so far and there are plenty of dumb people out there with lots of education but little sense.  I ranked compassion last because while I don’t think a teacher should be mean to her students, I do think that nicer teachers tend to be pushovers and provide too many do-overs for students that should be either pushed harder or allowed to fail out.  I’m sorry but some people are just not college material and we need to be providing meaningful education for those students as well as the ones that are intelligent enough for college.

    Now if you replace compassion with passion then my order would be 1) passion; 2) intelligence; and 3) education.

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