2. 每一個學生所處的環境都是教師主導的。父母常常工作到很晚， 學生每天相處最久的大人大多數是老師， 因此大不部分的時間學生只有老師可以當模仿的對象。
A good friend of mine asked me, “Are teachers important to children?” She is an administrator at an elementary school, and she was trying to figure out whether or not it was important if a child was assigned for two years to a teacher’s class, if the child and the teacher didn’t get along very well.
I didn’t know what she was asking, and so I just heard this question. “Are teachers important to children?”
I thought about my experience of school. There were teachers I liked, there were teachers I hated. Then I thought about the structure of how school works, and this is what I came up with:
1. Children in Taipei are in school sometimes 10 hours a day, if you include bushiban and other extracurricular lessons. Your average schoolchild will spend time with 4-10 teachers in a given week.
2. The school environment that the children participate in is always led by a teacher. Since both parents often work late at offices, the adults a child spends the majority of their time with on a given day are their teachers. So the main adults the child has to model their behaviours on are their teachers.
3. From the child’s perspective, these teachers are in complete control of all aspects of the children’s lives. It's the teacher that all the decisions and policy decided by the school system passes through. The teacher is the implement of the system. In reality, the child cannot see the reasons behind the teacher’s behavior, they only feel the teacher’s authority. When a child is in school, every aspect of their being is regulated:
—what they wear
—what they learn
—what they do
—how they’re expected to behave
—what they’re expected to think
So if you are a child in Taipei, chances are: you’re always in class, the class is always headed by a teacher, that teacher is the only adult in the room, that teacher has complete control over the quality your daily life, what you can do, what you can say, and dictates everything about how you spend your time, and has major control over your long-term prospects via grades.
So, are teachers important to children?