Reasons Why Doctors Are More Important

Between a doctor and a teacher, is one more important to the world? Why?

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Doctors work to improve and preserve life, whilst teachers teach us the skills to function in life and hopefully educate and improve future generations. Without teachers a doctor would not have learned the skills nessesary to become a doctor. So yes a doctor can help you when you are sick or injured, but their work is in the "here and now". Teachers are educating the minds of the future and to me it is more important that the human race moves forward.

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Teachers are the cornerstone of every other career. Parents teach their children, ministers and other spiritual advisors teach, authors teach through their writing, classroom teachers build upon and supplement previous teachings. Without teachers in whatever form, how does anyone learn. It is a shame that society does not appreciate and pay teachers adequately for their service.

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Assuming both are equally available to all, the teacher is more important in assuring that individuals attain all that they are capable of in life.

Going back to Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, though, an individual isn't going to attain self actualization if he/she isn't healthy. In this regard then, doctors are more important in assuring that basic needs are met.

 

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Without teachers to motivate our young people to become excited about learning where would our doctors come from? My heart tells me that teachers are more important, but this is kind of like the chicken and the egg question.

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I think it is equal.  A teacher may have a chance to motivate more people, but she may not actually affect the lives of as many people.  A doctor sees more different patients each year than a teacher sees different students.  The doctor can affect those people in ways that are much more personal and have much more of an immediate impact on their life.

Teachers can help enrich the world intellectually, but doctors help keep us in good health.  Both are equally important.

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I will admit to some bias in my response to this question because I am a teacher.  It is my opinion that a teacher is more important because he or she influences greater numbers of people in a positive way than a doctor can.  A teacher can motivate many people to become doctors, as well as lawyers, scientists, engineers, and so on.  But a doctor, while he or she can save a life, can do so only one life at a time. A teacher who motivates many people has a greater impact for good in the world. 

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