Once children start school, teachers have more influence on their intellectual and social development than parents do. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
这是一道相对比较经典的教育类大作文题目，探讨家庭教育和学校教育对于孩子成长的影响，相类似的题目还有Some people say school education plays a more important role in children’s growth while others believe family education is more important. Discuss both views and give your opinion. 都是分析学校和家庭的大环境、老师和家长的教育和监管的影响。本质上来说两者之间各有价值，难分高下，而对于含有比较关系的题干信息来说，如果选择“A比B更好/重要/优秀”的立场，在论述的过程中不仅要证明“为什么A是好的”，还要证明“为什么A比B更好”。如果选择反对的立场，则需要注意反向立场并非“B比A更好”，而是“A并没有比B好”，即“A和B一样好”或者“A不如B”两种立场的加和。在这道题目中则是“教师对于孩子智力和社交能力的影响并没有比家长更多”，从论述的难度来看建议选择disagree的立场。
Cultivation, the process of socialization through training and education, can be realized in diversified ways, in which school education and family education are the two most frequently resorted mechanism. Some people claim that concerning intellectual and social development, kids are more influenced by teachers rather than parents, which I can hardly agree with.
There is no denying that school faculty contributes greatly to students’ growth, especially in the academic domain. Once entering school, children would spend nearly one third of their time per day receiving education from their teachers until they turn to 18 years old. It is during this stage of life children’s intelligence will be developed whilst under the guidance and supervision of the faculty, they will learn to communicate with peers and adults in a more complex environment compared with the simple family structure. Considering from this aspect, kids do obtain considerable influences from teachers at school.
It is too hasty, however, to assume the superior impacts of teachers without analyzing parents’ influences. Parents naturally shoulder the responsibility of nurturing, and compared to the professional teaching mode in school, parents incline to cultivate their children through their words and deeds. Kids would, consciously or subconsciously, imitate their parents’ socializing behaviors through observing parents’ acts in day-to-day life. Closely bonded in emotions, it is easier and more natural for kids to learn from their family and as it turns out, their socializing behaviors are more alike to their parents even after they grow mature.
What is more, the intelligence development of students is also greatly determined by parents. While receiving professional nurturing from teachers at school, parents play a more vital role in kids’ original intellectual quotient, offering diversified gene features that affect potentially on kids’ future intelligence development. Meanwhile, before entering school, it is parents who play the role of teacher, instructing their kids the most basic, yet also most crucial ability such as spelling, simple counting and reading, all of which are fundamental for the future intellectual progress. Hence it is quite irrational to overlook parents’ contribution in this domain.
In conclusion, although teachers’ value is beyond doubt in children’s development, there still lacks justification to assume they are more important than parents in children’s cultivation.