How much should a Teacher Push their Students

Teachers are considered responsible for the intellectual growth of their students. Some might say that the teacher is responsible, therefore, for pushing the students to success as much as possible. However, teachers should not overly push their students to succeed. Students should be pushing themselves to succeed, and the teacher’s job should be to teach the basic work ethics and information needed for the students to do so.

When a teacher pushes students harder, it might be possible that the student has a higher chance of succeeding in the short term. However, students tend to lose purpose as they get older and more independent if they worked from being pushed from others. We see this happen very often in Asian communities.  Asian American high school students have the highest average of SAT scores and high school GPA’s around the country. This general trend is a result of their parents and teachers pushing them restlessly. However, when these superb students attend college, they are not the ones who score the best on tests; they are not the star students they were back home. When these students are given more freedom in how they manage their time and study for themselves, their quality of work decreases because they have always had someone, either parent or teacher, who was pushing them to try and work harder. These students never had chances to be independent about their school work.

Instead of pushing students to the limit, teachers should push students enough for them to develop a great work ethic and a passion for learning. A great work ethic will allow students to succeed even when they are left without the teachers. A passion for learning will provide incentives for the students to push themselves to the limit without anyone telling them to do so. This will lead to the students having a purpose to learn instead of being brainwashed to work. 

Every student is different, so teachers should treat each student differently. Some students might already have the tools necessary to succeed. Then, the teacher should not try and help out the student very much. However, some students might be in much greater need. This measure of how much help a student needs should not be based on their grades; even the smartest and highest-scoring students might not have a great work ethic or a passion to learn. To sum it all up, think of a mother teacher a baby how to run. If the mother holds the baby by his arm and moves it around, the baby will never learn how to walk by himself; rather, the mother should help the baby up, but should let the baby teach himself how to walk. The teacher should not carry the students to success; he should only push the students far enough so that the students can achieve success by themselves.