Date: Friday, May 27, 2016
Participants (from 10 countries):
USA: Rick, Jami | Iran: Behnam, Taregh, Rojhano, Elham | Pakistan: Maria, Alex, Naemullah | Switzerland: George | Azerbaijan: Salima | Nepal: Grace | Algeria: Soso | Russia: Oleg | Vietnam: Amina | Kurdistan: Zahir
Panel PRO (Team A): Boboty, Maria
Panel CON (Team B): George, Salima, Grace
Audience (Team C): Behnam, Elham, Soso, Alex
Just listening: Oleg, Taregh, Rojhano, Naemullah, Amina, Zahir
Team A summary:
- Teaching is such a critical career in terms of having the largest and most profound influence on others.
- Behind every architect, doctor, engineer etc., there is a teacher that committed their time to teach.
- Teachers rarely get promoted compared to many other job professions.
- While there are some teachers, such as Professors in top universities, who can demand high salaries, the vast majority make a low salary compared to many of their counterparts in other careers.
- Teaching can be a very demanding career, and often demands more than the financial compensation they receive i.e. they will get to class early to prepare, work after class to grade exams, come in on weekends to do work and often in the summer, when the kids are out of school, they still have things they need to accomplish.
- The teacher is also often a counselor, friend, advisor so there are a lot of demands beyond just teaching curriculum.
Team B summary:
- It’s not always a good thing to associate a value with a job choice.
- Do you remember your teachers? They will leave a legacy that extends much further into your life than many others.
- Don’t measure the value of teaching by how much money teachers make, there are other criteria that should be used to measure its value.
- Teachers never leave us; they are the backbone of society.
- Teachers create positive change; the industry draws so many people into it because of the passion they have.
- Teachers do deserve higher salaries, for the work they do.
- Without teachers, students would be ignorant and society would come to a halt, stop progressing.
Team C summary:
- Some teachers are not being paid enough. In this case, they are not being appreciated from a financial standpoint.
- Appreciation is not always shown through money; one of the most beautiful things we can do for a person is to teach him/her or show him/her something new; something they didn’t know about and make them feel good about themselves and give them the tools with which they can reach their goals and dreams.
- When we help and teach someone something new, they find the way to show their appreciation towards us.
- The appreciation varies depending on the place where teachers teach. When it comes to money and prestige, teachers at universities are the ones who get the most.
- It also depends on the country. Some countries show more emphasis on education than others.
- Behnam voted for team B
- Soso voted for team B.
- Elham voted for team B
Team B won this debate. Thanks everyone for participating. To listen to this discussion, click on the links below: