TOEFL Essay Topic 2 - Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Parents are the best teachers. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
Our parents are our first teachers. It is our parents who teach so to say the first word, help us
Our parents are our first teachers. It is our parents who teach so to say the first word, help us take the first step and buy us the first book. Even so, they may not be the best teachers. I hold my view with the following reasons.
Firstly, the way they teach may not be a proper one. They may indulge their children too much and offer the children all they want. In the long run, children would not listen to what their parents, or even anybody, say to them. It will of course give rise to the difficulty go communicating with others. Other parents may be too strict to their children. They may frequently blame or even beat the children because of probably a trivial thing. It will cause the children to lose their self-confidence and become too timid to do anything or make any decision.
Secondly, many parents may not be qualified enough to be good teachers. Their values may not be quite correct, their knowledge may be very limited and their points of view may be out-dated. All these phenomenons are common in our life. They are not rare conditions. We can see many teenagers rebel violently against their parents. It is because they just emerge from dependence and they are aware of the problems of their parents.
Except parents, we still have a lot of teachers: teachers in our schools teach us lots of meanful knowledge , friends around us give us many golden rules of life, and newspapers inform us numerous information. To some extent, everyone would be our teacher because what we know is so limited. The most important thing is all of those are valuable, and that is what I want to emphasize.