What Would The World Be Without Teachers?

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If you make a list of the world's top ten most challenging jobs, chances are that being a teacher will not make the cut. But think about the daunting task millions of educators face each day as they try to mold a group of often surly, unruly kids into intelligent, well-rounded individuals. That surely has to be the toughest job in the world, especially given that there is no promotion or bonus awaiting them even if they are wildly successful!

What if these all-important individuals that we often take for granted disappear from our lives? That was what Project Ed and Participant Media's Teach campaign asked filmmakers of all ages to envision for their recently held contest.

Entitled, "A World Without Teachers," its intent was to inspire more young people to become teachers. However, the 62 amazing video submissions also serve as a reminder of how grim things would be if we didn't have these selfless individuals guiding us through life. What was interesting is that even the youngest contestants did not appear to rejoice at the idea of not having anybody telling them what to do.

High-school student Savannah Wakefield pondered if art as we know it today would have been different without teachers. Would Monet have discovered his talent for impressionism? Los Angeles-based Miles Horst, who won the 1,000 USD prize for the best adult submission imagines a world where teachers are replaced by a 'brain box' in his fun animated entry.

Youth category winner Marina Barham's video depicts a fact we all know but often forget. Teachers don't just teach, they inspire - something that no electronic device, no matter how smart, can do! So the next time you think your teacher is being "mean" for trying to channel you in the right direction, imagine a life without him/her. We have a feeling it will not appear as rosy!

Resources: takepart.com,ProjectED.com

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458 Comments
  • jiuheedTuesday, May 1, 2018 at 12:50 pm
    wow
    • bobbyMonday, December 18, 2017 at 9:28 am
      wierd but true
      • skyflower121
        skyflower121Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 7:40 am
        Without teachers, life would be chaos. You would probably not get a good education, I'm in 7th grade and currently working toward a full ride to college, with no teachers that would not be possible. #YouFollowMeIFollowYou
        • beckyFriday, April 28, 2017 at 8:24 am
          Just kidding I love them!
          • .Friday, April 28, 2017 at 8:21 am
            school would be boring with nobody to tell you what 5 times 6 is or whatever. teachers are important to school the are and important factor to school.
            • NoytiWednesday, March 22, 2017 at 5:12 pm
              It would be bad for both kids and teachers. for teachers because they would lose so many jobs across the entire world. For kids because i wouldn't be writing this right now if i did not have a teacher. Sorry for my ignorance if i left anything out. People get really out of hand and made at me sometimes if i offended them in anyway which i dont understand how i couldve offended them.
              • UnknownWednesday, March 22, 2017 at 4:04 pm
                If there where no teachers we would not have much of what we have today
                • bunnyjenniferaj
                  bunnyjenniferajWednesday, March 22, 2017 at 3:45 pm
                  I Love Home work!Yes i know ur going to thing im crazy but im not since theres nothing to do at my house
                  • bunnyjenniferaj
                    bunnyjenniferajWednesday, March 22, 2017 at 3:43 pm
                    It would be awful!! : I love teachers {exept the mean ones!}
                    • minecraftgirll
                      minecraftgirllWednesday, March 22, 2017 at 3:41 pm
                      I love my teachers exept 3 of em