Teachers hold a very sensitive role in the modern civilized society. Regarded as social engineers, teachers possess immense knowledge on various issues that affect our daily lives as a community of human beings. Though in many countries including the developed ones, teachers are poorly remunerated they make invaluable contributions to their communities, to society and to the world at large, engaging in yeoman services with selfless love and dedication that could only be considered priceless. This paper serves to explore some of the social contributions that teachers make to the modern civilized society.
Teachers impart knowledge and values on learners with the intention of creating self sufficient, articulate, socially responsible, resilient and active citizens of the world. Currently, knowledge capital is an important ingredient in the growth of the economy locally and globally. Through provision of intellectual capital, teachers can be considered to be the pillars of a sustainable and progressive society (Singh and Samiti). A sustainable knowledge base helps in modeling of economic platforms which are enormously important in a progressive society (Szucs 3). In addition, values which are passed on by teachers to students help in shaping children’s behaviors .The development of positive and desirable personality traits among individuals in the society can thus be attributed to the many good work of teachers.
Another important social contribution made by teachers to society is the aspect of leadership and guidance (Singh and Samiti). Teachers are perhaps, the best examples of guiders and leaders in a community. As such, teachers demonstrate to the society how a dynamic leader should behave and act (Collay 32). Apart from being leaders in and out of the classrooms and school offices, teachers serve as self-motivated forces and exemplars in the society. Children can develop leadership qualities which are essential in the development of productive social aspects through observing teachers’ behaviors and actions (Collay 32). Teachers are important in the society because they demonstrate the importance of socialization and humanization. They create good rapport with learners and fellow adults, thereby serving as good examples of social beings in the society (Villegas and Lucas 192).
Teachers are also builders of educational systems in every country. They are responsible for our successes and failures in society (Singh and Samiti). Through adequate input in policy making by teachers, various government agencies create proper educational systems which ensure a continuous production of intellectuals in society (Villegas and Lucas 191). Teachers also teach students on how to solve various problems facing the human race in the modern world. A productive educational system ensures that the society experiences constant production of reliable and motivated individuals.
Educators also serve as a drive for creativeness and innovation (Hargreaves 64)....