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Do students have a right to choose their subject teachers?

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Started: 7/25/2016 Category: Education
Updated: 3 months ago Status: Debating Period
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Sorry if there is any inconvenience, my entry is in SIngapore context. Thank you.
I do not agree with this statement. If students are allowed to choose their own subject teachers, a few of the teachers would be greatly favoured. But different students have different views and will pick different subject teachers, in the long term causing disharmony between classmates because of their assigned teacher. Good friends may get into arguments about what teacher to choose and this is not what we want happening in school. Although students can be transferred to different classes based on their choice of teachers, but that would disrupt the whole system of primary school classes in Singapore, which are pre-assigned with both students and teachers so that the teacher can better help the students based on his or her ability and the students will have to learn to mingle well with each other. If students get to pick their own subject teachers, the classes would not be balanced and the students would have to constantly move from class to class just because the teacher of their choice is there. Although this might make the students more responsible, but the disadvantages outweigh the advantages as students will, in turn, get picky and will be unable to work well with others in the future. The teachers might also become too tired because of the number of students choosing him or her. Some teachers may even lose their job or have very few students and their pay may decrease. But teachers with more students would still get the same pay as other teachers if this system were ever to be implemented. Teachers with more students may as a result think that they deserve more and request for a higher pay, again disrupting the whole point of setting up equal classes. This would result in arguments between teachers and result in the Ministry of Education having to settle this problem just because of this system and give them less time to settle more important matters such as student welfare and learning. Students in different countries will also face a problem with this way of appointing teachers. For example, in the USA, students will go for their respective classes based on their given timetable. This instills the responsibility in the students without giving them a chance to be picky and does not make them unable to work better with others in the future. The same goes for schools in China, where the system is much like Singapore, and much the same problem would arise if that system of appointing teachers is implemented, although school fees vary between different schools, unlike Singapore. A survey done by Maggie Atkinson in England proves that although children have a right to voice out their opinions, they should not be in direct control of the teachers they get. Chris Keates, the general secretary of the NASUWT Teaching Union, said children and young people have an important voice in how their education and school community develops. However, she added that putting pupils on an interview panel or in direct control of teacher recruitment undermines the respect and authority of teachers. And also that this type of practice is another example of teachers being afforded fewer rights, simply because they work with children. This concludes that children can and should have a say but do not directly control their assigned teacher.


Hy opponent I AM AN INDIAN
i think the students should have the right to chose their subject teachers.. because if some teacher teaches really good and you are the one with a boring one than that creates a difference in children involvement in the subject and also the year all performance. I was also suffering from this as i got a teacher who taught the worst among all other teachers of the same subject.As i was fed up of her i got some of my classmates against her and we went to MA'AM principle and finally we got the best.And i crowned very good marks.
Why should the students worry about the teacher??????. if she doesn't teaches well than she should be kicked out.
the children should have the right to chose their teacher as they aren't studying free. their parents are giving handsome amounts of money. then why 1 class have max benefit, scoring well and other class be dumped....
if the system changes as what i say than you will see a great change in the performance report of the child. as he has the confidence that he is being taught by the most intelligent teacher amongst all and that would make all the difference
Debate Round No. 1


Even though students may have varied results depending on their teacher, they still do not have the right to choose their own subject teachers. It is an assumption that students will have a better teacher when they choose their teachers. So that point goes to me.
Getting the teacher kicked out does not have any relationship with the motion anyways. Teachers do go through constant lessons and are usually graded. If the teacher is unsuitable, she would naturally be kicked out.
Firstly, if everyone gets to choose their own teachers, then some students would definitely be disappointed when they do not get their teacher of choice. This may result in a lot of unhappiness and those who do not get their teacher of choice may become jealous of those who did. They may feel that the system is unfair. For example, if there are a hundred students in a school, and only twenty get to be with the best teacher there, then eighty will be extremely disappointed and envious. However, with our current system, the eighty will feel much less disappointed as the teachers are either randomly assigned or assigned by the school.
Secondly, this impractical system also does not allow students to prepare themselves for the work life by learning how to handle authorities they do not like. Education is not just about learning academic materials, but also learning the right values and preparing for work life, which are important too. Students should learn how to handle authorities which they do not like and how to handle tough situations. Allowing students to choose their own teachers will not enable the students to learn this crucial skill. For example, if they have teachers whom they do not like, they will learn how to handle bosses whom they do not like in the workplace. The pupils need to understand that they cannot expect everything to be perfect and that they have to sometimes deal with unpleasant situations. However, if they do not learn this skill, they may not handle situations well in the workplace, which may affect their career and their lives. We definitely want to groom students into people who have the ability to deal with situations that are unpleasant.
Thirdly, this system may encourage teachers to be not strict with their students, which may cause the pupils to learn less. As a student, one does not like to be shouted at or to be scolded. Most students prefer teachers who are less strict as they get less severe punishments when they do wrong things. The teachers all know that, as they were once students too. As such, they may try to be less strict and very lenient so that the students will vote for them. Why would they do so? Well, the more votes a teacher gets, the better impression the principal has of that teacher, as he/she would think that that teacher is good, which is why the students want him/her. This may result in a pay increase or a promotion. If all the teachers try to be like that, they may not punish students who do wrong things, so as to get their vote. Even worse, the teacher may mark the students" work too leniently, which will cause them to not learn as much. Do we want to risk our students" moral values and learning growth just to implement this impractical system? The Singapore system is a good one, in that teachers are assigned with due consideration to the students" needs and the teachers" inclination. This system has served us well, helping Singapore produce excellent academic results.
In conclusion, we should not allow students to choose their teachers. This is because such a system will make many students disappointed, will not allow them to learn to handle unpleasant situations and will encourage teachers to be overly lenient. Thank you.
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Posted by varad 2 months ago
Students should be allowed to choose their subject teachers. This give them the teachers of their choice.
Posted by vi_spex 3 months ago
cant learn about nothing, therfore the teacher has to be no one, and no choice can be made to have a teacher
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