You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?
‘Parents are the best teachers.’
Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer. You should give reasons for your answer using your own ideas and experience.
Write at least 250 words.
Idea Generation for this IELTS Essay:
Essay Type: Argumentative Essay (Agree/ Disagree)
Main question of this IELTS Essay:
A. Are parents the best teachers for their children?
Agreement: Parents are the best teachers.
- Parents are more engaged in their children’s activities than any other person because they spend more time with them than even teachers in schools, so they can find more deeply their children’s personality weaknesses.
- Sensationally, they feel closer to their children than any other people are. Bonding helps mothers to love their children more than any other else.
- We learn to survive, talk, and distinguish well from bad, values of life, morality and such important other things from our parents.
- To care about their children, parents take more responsibility. They feel more responsible to protect their children from criminals.
- Parents are more devoted than the teachers.
- Parents would be with a child no matter what.
- We learn almost every aspect of life in our childhood from our parents.
- There is not any interruption in their teaching, and they continuously teach their children. This can lead them to become more trustful than teachers.
- Parents understand the children better and thus play a greater role.
- Parents are more capable to instruct the children and guide them well.
- It could be far more economical. Instead of spending tremendous money on tuition, Family can save it.
Disagreement: Parents are NOT the best teachers.
- In theory and academic knowledge parents are usually less professional than the instructors teaching in schools.
- Parents are less familiar with the latest training techniques which other tutors use.
- A huge generation gap between them, parents and children, may affect the parents’ performance to become perfect teachers.
- A conflict between parents and children in schooling may negatively affect their emotional relationship.
- Morality, intricacies of life, subject matter knowledge, art, science, history, value of time etc. are often taught by the teachers.
- Parents are sometimes too blind to notice the bad side of their children. In this case teachers make neutral judgments.
- Experiences learned from life have far greater role in life than the things we learn from our parents.
[The above points should be helpful to aid you generating your own ideas and then turning them in to a nicely written IELTS Essay. Add any point you think we have missed in the comment section.]
Sample Essays 01:
Teachers are believed to be in the toughest profession in the world. Not because they are in a physically challenging job or a hostile work environment but because they have a responsibility to shape the behavior and thought process of children. Children have extremely fragile mindsets and tend to emulate the behavior of people surrounding them. Given the situation, they are extremely prone to behave as their parents whom they observe on a daily basis. Hence, in a way, parents are also teachers on a full time job.
However, I do not agree with the statement that parents are the best teachers. Different children have different cognitive abilities and hence different learning styles. Research also proves that in order to maximize the learning experience of any individual, it is important to facilitate the learning process as per the learning style. Teachers are professionally qualified and experienced to do this job better. They have both the skills and knowledge to excel in this as compared to parents.
Parents, on the other hand, are not trained to understand the learning style of their children. They usually use positive reinforcement in way of rewards and negative reinforcements in the manner of punishments to teach their children. In this way, they may unknowingly end up hampering the development of their children by enforcing a particular way of learning.