Consider the ratios of a classroom: one teacher to 32 students. That is 32 chattering mouths and 64 ears heedless to the teacher’s instruction. How then, can we expect to learn curriculum, write essays, complete assignments, and pass tests when we cannot respect the person assigned to teach us?
While the teacher’s ability to explain concepts and fairly judge assignments is important in the classroom, it is only effective if the student takes this opportunity to learn. Students can only learn if they make some effort to listen to the lecture, and if they take the time to study the material learned in the class.
It may seem like in some classes, you learn nothing. The teachers “can’t teach,” you might say. However, the teacher-student ratio is an overwhelming fact that students cannot just ignore; the teacher must instill his knowledge in 32 adolescent brains, while most of them would rather just socialize—and they often do just that during class.
Thus, it is in students’ best interest to pay attention, do their work, and open their minds instead of their mouths. The teacher opens the door, but it is up to the student to walk through.