Love them or loathe them, teachers are milestones in our lives. Learning World asked students around the world and people at the UN Economic and Social Council 2011 about their experiences of going to school. Here is what they said:
“A good teacher teaches well in the classroom and loves all their students.”
“I remember my first teacher, a young woman. And then I had an excellent history teacher and because of him I wanted to be an archaeologist at that time. But it’s very important, the impact on every child.”
“My mother was a nurse. I’m also a big fan of nurses because they’re strange but wonderful characters and they make a big difference. They’re also teachers because they teach you about life.”
“Good teachers don’t give too much homework and they’re nice.”
“Maths was something I was very happy with. I liked the logic of maths, it was really enjoyable.
“I love science and mathematics. I love science because it makes me understand and learn about all the parts of my body.”
“I went to law school to save the world, and I got to law school and I discovered that I loved business. But that’s what education is about. Education opens your eyes and all the sudden you discover things that you didn’t realise before — before you got to whatever it was.
“The truth is, I can’t see the future of schools, because the crisis has made us blind. I don’t know, I can’t think.”
“The school for the future for the little ones, is the one with a lot of classrooms, where animals are allowed in, or one on an island, or shaped like a mushroom. With leaves to take you up and down.”
“You have to adjust to technology, the way you learn today is technologically, fundamentally different from what I started with and I’m sure it is going to be even more different in the future.”
“Unfortunately I was goodie-two-shoes. Yes, unfortunately I went to a girls’ school and I was too good.”
“I was fairly undisciplined. And I hope I am still a bit after all these years. But I think I succeeded in the French education system, which is where I was born and brought up. Because at some stage I understood that I should learn.”
“I’d like to be a lawyer so that I can help other Massai because they can’t defend himself or herself in the court when their cattle eat other people’s crops.”
“What I learned at school was how to behave properly, how to express myself and how to be part of a team.”
“I think I would learn anthropology. Not economics, I’ve had enough of that, not law, I’ve had enough of that, not political science — anthropology. Which I think is what I need for me to understand a bit better the world we’re living in.”