Trust is the glue that binds relationships, which is also a fundamental element in teacher-student relationships. Anything that breaches their trust may bring severe consequences to everyone included.
To start with, knowledge is objective while learning is not always the case. Once the trust between the two parties is broken, students’ learning will get damaged seriously, especially with younger students. We’ve seen numerous examples in real life that students lose interest in a subject and perform poorly just because they don’t like or trust their teachers. On the other hand, teachers’ distrust may also hurt students’ feelings and jeopardize their learning. Secondly, if a teacher loses credibility among his students, it will not only cause ongoing troubles in his daily job, such as teaching and managing the class, but also influence his own work ethic. Even worse, this could lead to a vicious cycle. Last but not least, if the issue persists for a long time, the overall education will suffer and the society will pay the price.
Therefore, a mutually-trusted relationship is of paramount importance and all the stakeholders here should work together to form a reciprocal relation.