Who is more important, a teacher or a doctor? Explain why.
Both are important. Historically, teachers have been undervalued and doctors have been overvalued. But, the disparity is lessening of late.
On an basic level, both are taken for granted. Particularly with doctors, we only notice them when things go wrong. So, society, in effect, sets them up to fail. Lately, with malpractice suits and the increasing cost of health care, their hands are becoming more tied, so there will be a trend on their part to be more conservative with their practices.
Teachers' hands too are tied by the "flavor of the month" revolving door of education pedagogy and budget initiatives. Their impact is more a sum total of quite unnoticeable dividends that rarely gets rewarded. Until teachers are properly compensated (maybe with a merit pay), then they will continue to go unnoticed and taken for granted.