Updating Teachers’ Knowledge


Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?

All teachers should be required to update their knowledge every five years.

Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.


Sometimes teachers complain that they must constantly go back to school to study even though they graduated many years ago. I believe this attitude is improper. In fact, every teacher should have to return to school every five years to update his or her knowledge.

To begin with, knowledge often becomes outdated, so teachers must learn what is happening in their fields. We live in a fast-paced world where people make new discoveries every day. If teachers are not aware of these discoveries, they will not be able to teach their students up-to-date knowledge. Additionally, sometimes people realize that certain “facts” they used to believe are actually wrong. Pluto is one example. Astronomers do not consider it a planet anymore. So there are now just eight, not nine, planets in the solar system. Yet without more training, some teachers
might still be teaching their students about the old way of thought. Students attend school to learn as much as possible, and teachers owe it to their students to be up-to-date on their own knowledge.

Teachers can also learn about new teaching methods while updating their knowledge. This is important since some teachers are still teaching the same way they did twenty or thirty years ago. They need new approaches to teaching, and these could make their classes more fun, interesting, and beneficial to the students. One of my teachers recently went back to school to study. When she returned, she had improved her teaching considerably. It is too bad that every teacher cannot change for the better like she did.

Teachers should definitely be required to update their knowledge every five years. In certain fields, knowledge can quickly become old or incorrect. Also, teachers can learn how to teach better while they study. Teachers need to learn as much as they can in order to instruct their students well.

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