In the past teachers had more influence on the young people than they do today.  Do you agree or disagree? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.






From then until now, the influence of school masters on students has been on the decline due largely to two factors: the modern family and the information technology .  It was then when young people respected their masters as well as their parents; and when the computer and with it the Internet did not exist.  And it is now when that which is called tradition is apparently missing, even if teaching may remain an art.

On the one hand, teachers were traditionally stricter at school; so were parents at home.  Such development began with the willing suspension of parents' authority over children.  This can be seen in the way how parents obey their children. Although this change is not exactly the case with teachers, most loving Moms and Dads tend to recommend that under no circumstance should teachers be too harsh or tough with their spoiled offspring.  Consequently, in part because of lack of power authorized by parents, and in part because of today's lax regulations related to school disciplines, a master had better think twice before using any punishment as the ultimate method to teach a pupil to distinguish between right and wrong, or to turn a juvenile delinquent into a solid citizen.  Accordingly, the influence of a teacher that used to be is gone with the wind like that of a parent.

On the other hand, the advancement of information technology has changed the image of a teacher as an influential Mr. or Ms. Know-all. To illustrate, the average educator is losing the traditional image of an academic authority since the Internet is capable of providing knowledge and answering questions, and probably even more efficiently.  It is because what a teacher writes on the blackboard can easily be accessible on the computer screen. So much so, teachers are likely to become those professionals who make themselves progressively "unnecessary." Likewise, the once-upon-a-time influence associated with interpreting the textbooks to students is rapidly giving way to powerful Web pages, many of them being absolutely extra-curriculum.  Jokingly and yet realistically, though, one would open one's Facebook than "Face one's Book."

It may therefore be concluded that, although teaching needs to be an art, the young people's regard for teachers is a lost tradition.  There is little doubt that in the past masters had more influence on students than they do today, and this negative trend has only the parents and the Internet to blame. (Essay created by OWL writer Jeenn Lee Hsieh)