Different people have varied views of teaching; some take it to be a vocation while some view it as a profession (Langford 51). Those saying teaching is a vocation, base their argument on the fact that anybody can be a teacher, from parents, relatives, peers, the media, the politician, the preacher and so forth, and this depends on the knowledge they are disseminating to their students. On the professional point of view teachers need professional qualifications and certifications for them to practice as tutors and instructors. In all these circumstances, as a vocation and as a profession, teaching has proved to be the mother of all professions. This paper explains how teaching has become the genesis of all professionalism.
A teacher is any person who disseminates knowledge to students or followers (Kauhfhold 84). There is a general belief that a teacher must have a divine call to teach just like the church pastor who receives a divine call to preach and to pastor God’s flock from the creator, the teacher too has to receive such a calling in his heart. The person who desires to be a teacher must be fully convinced in his heart and mind that this is the course he desires to follow. This conviction has to be assured since the teacher will be entrusted with people’s futures in his hand, and he has the capacity of making them or destroying them.
Teaching is a noble profession and I rank it in the same caliber with medicine, architecture, accounting and engineering, since it requires the same amount of dedication and expertise as these professions do. This profession is nobler than its counterparts as it is their mother and creator, and without it these other professions could not be. The teacher, though sometime held ...
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...een the trend and there is no possibility of it being reversed. Teaching is among the best professions but due to the poor publicity and low pay associated with it, many students shun it, and instead go for the so called ‘big’ professions. For the continuity of other professions more teachers should be trained to continue with the noble duty.
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