IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample 4 - Parents are the best teachers

IELTS Writing Task 2/ IELTS Essay:

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?

Parents are the best teachers.

Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer. You should give reasons for your answer using your own ideas and experience.

Write at least 250 words. 

Model Answer 1:
(Agreement: Parents are the best teachers)

‘Whether parents are our best teachers or not’ is a never-ending debate and people are divided both in favour and against this argument. Both have a very strong contribution and influence on a child’s learning but in my opinion, parents overtake the teachers in terms of teaching their children.

First of all, I would like to point out that a teacher is not merely a person who takes a text book and read texts from there to a student. Rather a teacher is someone who devotes his/her times to teach someone everything that someone needs to know to advance to next step. Morality, intricacies of life, subject matter knowledge, art, science, history, value of time etc. are something that can’t be taught through academic books and a good teacher is someone who teaches someone these all.

Now that we know the true responsibility of a teacher, we can easily compare our parents and teachers. The things that we learn from our parents are far more important than what we learn from our teachers. I am not denying the invaluable knowledge we learn from our teachers through our academic years, but what we learn from our parents are incomparable. We learn to survive, talk, and distinguish well from bad, values of life, morality and such important other things from our parents. We are the true reflection of our parents and our characters are shaped by their personality and behaviours. Later the teachers help us to enhance our knowledge, horizon and our view of life but the very foundation and ground are made by our parents.

The parents sacrifice so many things of their life just to ensure a better life for us and nothing in this whole world could even be compared with their sacrifice for us. Think of a student who is unable to pay his/her monthly school fees would be cast away from the school and the beloved teachers would scarcely be there to help him/her. On the other hand, the parents would always be there with their every possible effort to help the child.

In summary, the things we learn from our teachers are important for our lives and with those valuable lessons and knowledge we prepare for the future but the things we learn from our parents shapes who we are, who we become and their contribution is much more important compared to the contribution of the traditional academic teachers and that’s why in my opinion parents are best teachers.

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Model Answer 2:
(Agreement: Parents are the best teachers)

Parents can be the best teacher for every child coming on this earth. I agree with this statement as no learning institution can be compared with the parents as they are role models for their children since they open their eyes in this world till they are fully grown up and matured.

To start with when the child is born he sees his parents as his guide, mentor & teacher who will teach him how to speak, eat, drink, live, wear, interact etc. No one will be with him when he is crying for anything it will be the parents who will be with him for every problem and his / her every need. Even during his education days he will observe and learn that the school although is the learning institution but the moral & ethical values learned from parents are far greater than any learning center and parents will be the one who wants the children to be the best in this world and they want their children not to repeat the mistakes that they have done in their lives which any learning institution won’t care for as they can’t give individual attention to every student.

On the other hand, we see that generally the children who are orphans or could not get the attention from their parents don’t have that foundation of ethical, moral and social values as compared to the ones who have been trained by their parents despite all of  them have gone to schools, colleges etc. The only difference between them is parents.

If the parents are not well educated they could still prove to be good teachers for their children but that will be of less fruitful from the highly educated parents as educated and learned parents will have more vision and more horizon as compared to the unlearned.

I would like to conclude with the statement that parents can be a turning point for his child if he tries to teach every step of living this life.

(by  Mubashir Noorani)

Idea Generation for this IELTS Essay:

Essay Type: Argumentative Essay (Agree/ Disagree)

Main question of this IELTS Essay:

A. Are parents the best teachers for their children?

Agreement: Parents are the best teachers.

  • Parents are more engaged in their children’s activities than any other person because they spend more time with them than even teachers in schools, so they can find more deeply their children’s personality weaknesses.
  • Sensationally, they feel closer to their children than any other people are. Bonding helps mothers to love their children more than any other else.
  • We learn to survive, talk, and distinguish well from bad, values of life, morality and such important other things from our parents.
  • To care about their children, parents take more responsibility. They feel more responsibility to protect their children from criminals.
  • Parents are more devoted than the teachers.
  • Parents would be with a child no matter what.
  • We learn almost every aspect of life in our childhood from our parents.
  • There is not any interruption in their teaching, and they continuously teach their children. This can lead them to become more trustful than teachers.
  • Parents understand the children better and thus play a greater role.
  • Parents are more capable of instructing the children and guide them well.
  • It could be far more economical. Instead of spending tremendous money on tuition, Family can save it.

Disagreement: Parents are NOT the best teachers.

  • In terms of the theoretical and academic knowledge, parents are usually less professional than the instructors teaching in schools.
  • Parents are less familiar with the latest training techniques which other tutors use.
  • A huge generation gap between them, parents and children, may affect the parents’ performance to become perfect teachers.
  • A conflict between parents and children in schooling may negatively affect their emotional relationship.
  • Morality, intricacies of life, subject matter knowledge, art, science, history, value of time etc. are often taught by the teachers.
  • Parents are sometimes too blind to notice the bad side of their children. In this case, teachers make neutral judgments.
  • Experiences learned from life have a far greater role in life than the things we learn from our parents.

[The above points should be helpful to aid you generating your own ideas and then turning them into a nicely written IELTS Essay. Add any point you think we have missed in the comment section.]

Model Answer 3:
(Disagreement: Parents are NOT the best teachers)

Parents teach a lot to the children and the ground made by them shapes the future of the children. On the other hand, someone learns throughout his life and thus become the person he really is. In this learning process, he himself contributes the most and teachers, friends, nature, books, academic education are important as well. Though parents are very good teachers, in my opinion, they are not the best teacher for someone and the person himself is the best teacher for him.

After we learn to talk, walk and basic morality and intricacies of our life, we start going to school and there we learn new things every day. The book, the teachers, the friends and the environment shapes what we become. Parents teach their kid to a bright, good fellow and yet there are lots of immoral and corrupted people who actually were transformed badly by themselves. So someone himself is the best teacher for him. Besides this the things we learn from our life experiences, teachers and books become far more important that what we learned in our infant time.

Parents do their fine duty to raise a child to become a good adult and later he gets the education and experiences from his life and school play the vital role for his future.
In terms of being our teachers, our experience and nature play an utmost important role. We learn so many things from our surroundings and nature is a silent teacher who widely opens the mystery and significance of our life.

 The things we learn from our parents are of course important to our life but they are rather some righteous lessons and good advises. Later in our life, we face the real situations and learn the true lessons from our experience and in terms of learning this is the most important part.

So considering all of the above, I would like to opine that, parents are very important teachers for us but never the best teachers. 

Model Answer 4:
(Disagreement:
by  Marlar Tinaye)
Our parents are the first teachers. They teach us how to talk and many other things which are vital for leading our lives. There are many different parents who instruct the children and handle their lives. Some parents want their child to conquer more than the efforts. They try to be the best teachers for the children. They pay more attention and thus there are some conflicts between children and parents. So the child looks for the avenue to escape. It makes the child walk on the wrong road. Teachers at a school have the chance to guide many children. So, they can compare different situations and potential of children more than parents can do. So, they are more capable of instructing and guiding them properly.

In our town, we can see many negligent parents. They leave their children in another house and sometimes the children play on the road and hurt themselves and become the victims of accidents. Some concerned people have to return the child to his home back. Parents are not teaching and showing the preventive measures and dangerous situations to the children. But some parents can become better teachers for the child and thus prevented tragic consequences.

Some parents will deliberately instruct the child in some dangerous attitude or philosophy and they let the child adhere to evil things. So the children enjoy more in risky conditions and grow up to be a very perilous person.

One, therefore, should not presume that parents are always the best teacher. Sometimes they are the worst teachers a child might have.

Model Answer 5:
(Agreement: Parents are the best teachers)

The responsibility of child development is often a subject that is discussed and debated. While some would argue that since a child spends maximum time at school, the teachers should take responsibility for ensuring proper development of children. However, I strongly believe that it is parents who are the best teachers and they play a very important role in the manner a child is groomed.
 
To begin, parents are the ones who could better control the disciplinary aspects of the child. The manner in which a child manages his time, right through the day is better judged and analysed by parents. This provides them with an opportunity to ensure that the child has the right balance of all activities, be it studies, outdoor activities, indoor activities and reading.
 
Research has indicated that children do get addicted to one kind of activity, which is not good for the overall development of a child. For example, there are several instances where children spend more time say on computer games. This can result in the child losing out on social skills. Further, such a child might eventually turn out to be a loner, with very limited ability to interact, socialise and communicate with people.
 
Additionally, for a good healthy living and a steady mind, children need to have a healthy and balanced diet. Parents do have better control over this aspect and can ensure that a child gets a balanced diet with the right nutrients. Research has shown proper upbringing of children by parents can lead to lower crime rates, lower health problems like obesity and higher literacy rate.
 
To conclude, there might be some people who argue that schools are the places where teaching happens, but this is not always the case. Nevertheless, the role of parents is even more critical in ensuring that children imbibe the right values, morals and ethics. This will go a long way in benefiting not just the individual but also the society.
[by  Rajes]

Model Answer 6:
(Agreement: Parents are the best teachers)

Nowadays, we are living in modern life and much more facilities in different fields which make the life easier for the people, on the other hand, the life is full of challenges and situations facing us, especially dealing with the society, different people, different cultures and ages.

Apparently, when we have started life trip we came with zero experience and the lucky one of us who came to the life with guides people who arrived before him and people dedicate their times, power and feelings to help, those are good parents.

Parents are teachers, they always teaching us in many ways intentionally and unintentionally, however, vocal guidelines and acting in daily bases activities are the ways of the life experience knowledge transfer regardless different culture, language, facilities or economy level of the family. But in my opinion, in modern life, the education level of the parents is a major factor and considered in the quality of the knowledge and experience transfer to the children.

There are many teachers around the world which can teach you lot of life experience but parents always special and the flavour of the knowledge you gain is unique and neat because it always comes with the feelings which are impossible to get from other teachers. Regardless the knowledge is good or bad, right or wrong parents are best teachers. Finally, you will discover and decide about our life when we reach the rational age. And when we become parents for the newcomers, we would make the best decision for them. 

[ by Bader Dokhan]

Model Answer 7:
(Agreement: Parents are the best teachers)

No one on this earth could deny the fact that parents are the messengers of god. I firmly believe that I am really blessed to have such supporting parents. They are the treasure hunt of knowledge. I personally consider them as the best teachers.

Right from childhood, they teach us in each and every phase of life. When we are kids, they train us in all kinds of activities crawling, walking and talking. During the schooling, they educate us on the difficult subjects. When we grow up a bit, they assist us in choosing the right path. They support our career aspirations. They teach us what is good and what is bad.

In addition to the above, parents enlighten us by teaching moral values. They explain us their past experiences in life from which we can extract some of the do's and don'ts. We learnt a lot from them on the culture and traditions of our region. They advise us in many tough situations.

In my opinion, a teacher is not someone who merely teaches us how to read, write and to gain an academic degree. Rather this person teaches us the morality, value of life and inspires us to live a positive life. In this regards, parents put more emphasis and effort that a teacher we find in our school. In our life, we learn about life from our parents more than from anyone else. 

On the other hand, some of the students deny this fact as they may not consider the abilities of their children and force them to take subjects of their choice. They feel that parents should take into account their opinions and discuss with them the pros and cons of their choice.

To conclude, I strongly affirm that no teacher in this world can be as best as our parents. We should respect their opinions and abide by their valuable suggestions.

[by Sreelekha] 

Model Answer 8:
(Disagreement: Parents are NOT the best teachers)

Teaching is believed to be the toughest profession in the world. Not because they are in a physically challenging job or a hostile work environment but because they have a responsibility to shape the behaviour and the thought-process of children. Children have extremely fragile mindsets and tend to emulate the behaviour of people surrounding them. Given the situation, they are extremely prone to behave as their parents whom they observe on a daily basis. Hence, in a way, parents are also teachers on a full-time job.

However, I do not agree with the statement that parents are the best teachers. Different children have different cognitive abilities and hence different learning styles. Research also proves that in order to maximise the learning experience of any individual, it is important to facilitate the learning process as per the learning style. Teachers are professionally qualified and experienced to do this job better. They have both the skills and knowledge to excel in this as compared to parents.

Parents, on the other hand, are not trained to understand the learning style of their children. They usually use positive reinforcement in way of rewards and negative reinforcements in the manner of punishments to teach their children. In this way, they may unknowingly end up hampering the development of their children by enforcing a particular way of learning.

I believe if parents could be coached on different ways in which their children could be taught, they would be the best teachers.

[by Jayita Das]

 
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0 # Xtine 2016-10-06 03:31
From the time of antiquity, some people are of the opinion that parents make the best teachers and that is why they play a very crucial role in child development. On the contrary, others argue that education is best acquired in an organised institution with licensed educators who are masters in the field of teaching. In my own point of view, I completely disagree with the notion that child education can be well-flourished only with the help of their parents.

Although learning starts at home, there are some parents who are illiterate. They are not educated or experienced enough to educate their offspring even with the basics such as values formation, reading and writing. It is a child's prerogative to be sent to academic institutions that would help to mould them into successful professionals with the right values.

Another point to consider is that most of the parents are not always at home to teach their children. In many countries, especially the third world nations, both parents need to work outside the home to provide the daily needs of their family. Consequently, these children are left at home with nobody to teach them. Their presence is highly needed so that these children will be encouraged to discover and explore new ideas.

In conclusion, education is a basic right to each individual. One must not only rely on the parents in teaching children but must also ensure that these students be sent to school to further their learning.
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+2 # Bamidele Ambali 2016-06-16 23:26
In raising a child for helping him become a good human and a successful person, many tutors are involved at different stages in life. However, parents are the most effective instructors for their children. In my opinion, the key teachers behind children's success are the parents due to the fact that they are the primary authority, they understand their children better, they care the most and they also possess a wealth of experience which are must for the better future of children.

Parents are the primary authority over their children and they understand their offspring better than anyone else. They teach their kids the norms, moral value and life's principles. Those are needed for success and to build a good character and personality. Children easily learn and practise what they see their father and mother do and tell them because they are role models to them. For instance, I looked up to my parents when I was younger for giving me instructions and providing my needs. They basically taught me how to speak, greet and respect elders from my tender age. They also emulated excellent attributes such as hardworking, patience, punctuality etc. which have helped to form in me a great personality like my father. Parents understand their children far better than school teachers and this single fact gives them an advantage to become better mentors.

Moreover, the wealth of experience acquired by parents over the years is great virtue to inculcate and build quality character in a child. Parents were once children and they learnt and practically experienced certain realities about life which can be easily used to guide and teach their young ones to follow the right way. This would help the children make better choices and decisions about life, make less mistakes and gather important knowledge. For example, my parents played a crucial role by helping and supporting me when choosing the right discipline for my tertiary institution. I wanted to enroll for pure mathematics but they guided me to select nursing. Today, I am doing well and even being appreciated by patients for my higher level of care and performance. This was possible due to my parents' wisdom and experience.

In summary, with vast experiences, love, better understanding and foundational authority, I believe parents have effectively made and influenced future leaders with excellent characters and will always be. Their invaluable contribution in children's' life and guidance is the reason we have a modern society.
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+2 # Priyanka 2016-05-10 10:48
When the question says "use your experiences", can I use personal experiences? Like in this case mentioning something that I learned from my parents.
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+1 # IELTS Mentor 2016-05-10 11:12
Priyanka,
In fact when you mention such example or experience, your essay response becomes better. So yes, you can write about such experience without any hesitation.
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0 # Priyanka 2016-05-10 11:57
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0 # Pollard 2016-04-07 05:10
Are parents the best teachers for us? Yes, they are. Who will you compare with the sacrifices they have made in their entire life? Would you pick your school teachers as the best teachers in your life? Believe me, they would not care teaching you without the money they earn by teaching students like you. How much have you paid you parents for teaching you to survive, to learn a language to learn about almost anything you know! Nothing.

Now who can be in your mind? Friends? They are good teachers but don't even dare to compare them with your parent. Who's next? Books, travelling, TV, Internet? They are good sources of knowledge but they are not true teachers.

Finally, you can consider yourself as your best teacher! But won't that be a bit hilarious!!!

Grant it. Parents are the best teachers.
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0 # Ruqiyye 2016-07-28 14:58
The role of our parents is undeniable in our life. They are our teachers, our observers, our true mentor, every day and for everything. Their attitudes, their love toward us are not reciprocal, and they don't expect anything from us. Of course, parents are good teachers in every human life and their contributions to us as teachers are quite necessary. They give us recommendations, they give a direction to us and also take care of us. Recently, I watched a film about the relationship between a teacher and his student .These ligaments were strong and it impacted me so profoundly. So I mean that meeting with good teachers, good coaches is a great serendipity. Although for you, my attitude to the topic seems a bitter ambiguous, finally I can express my thoughts that the teacher's, but a good teacher's role in our life is as important as our parents' roles are.
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-9 # Ayman 2015-10-18 04:17
Some people believe parents may be a very important teacher for children, but will be taken place by the teacher after children go to school. This is because in our Iraqi traditional says that “children takes their behavior from their parents and their knowledge from school”. However, I believe parents always are the best teacher no matter how many knowledge children have acquired from school, as the reasons why I think as go as follow.

Firstly, children always imitate their parents from birth, so the parents influences on children are great. For example, some researchers said that parents’ expression can influence the growth of their children’s character if parents always take care of their child while he is playing, the child will be confidence that he is greater than others whose parents leave them alone at home.

Secondly, parents are also the best teacher for children in emotional areas. For example, if a child feels irritated or feels frustrated in school, he cannot talk and tell the teacher what he feels, at this time, parents can help him and the children in this case are also willing to tell his inner feeling to his parents and what he wants to do.

Thirdly, although children get much knowledge from teachers, basic skills for the whole life come from his parents. For example, our basic language skills, basic realisation skills and even basic sports skills are all acquired from parents. This is because of these basic skills parents teach their child; the influence of their parents will follow the child’s whole life.

All in a word, the effect parents take on the child’s education process is greater than any teachers in school and hence parents are the best teachers.
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-6 # Altruist 2015-10-05 14:32
Whether parents are the best teachers or not is a debatable issue. While each side has its strengths and weaknesses, stating that parents are the best teachers would be appropriate since they are the one from whom a child learns his/her first words, moral values, significance of veracity and credibility.

First and foremost, parents teach us the basic building block in every phase of our life. For example, when we are about to join our play school, our parents teach us about proper eating habits, how to talk to new people and so on. When we leave play school they give us rudimentary knowledge about the things that could be asked in the interviews for nursery class. Secondly, they mount morale, values, beneficent habits which are there with us throughout our life.

Moreover, no professional teacher can impart such wisdom because parents have full knowledge of the weaknesses, strengths of their children. They not only teach us the value of truth, but also prevent us digressing from our goals in life which no teacher would do, at least to the extent what parents does.

Finally, it is believed that with the change in various arenas of life, the attitude and behavior of people also change. Ruminating further, even attitude and behavior of parents also varies in different era. For example, some believe that early 18th century parents were not that friendly with their children as compared to today's world, but still in both eras they were very much concerned about the betterment of the child's future.

In conclusion, parents stand as a paragon for being the best teacher. They teach us the basic building block, morals, values, the importance of truth, obstruct from digressing and always think about our burgeoning future and bolster are decisions throughout life.
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+20 # Joel Calderon 2015-07-01 12:07
The first time the children open their eyes, the first persons they see are their parents. From their parents, they learn their first step and say the first word. I believed that our parents are the best teachers we have in our life.

Firstly, when the child was born in this world he/she had no idea what the world was, and what were things within it. Our parents taught us the basic things we had to learn, like how to change our cloth, brush our teeth, comb our hair and so on. As we grew old our parents are always besides us to guide us on how to do things right. They are always there to guide us on how to act and behave in the right way. Their teaching is the fundamental knowledge for us to learn the most complicated things in life.

Before we begin our days in school, our parents already taught us how to read and sing the alphabet and count things, taught us the different colors, names of the planet in the galaxy and different kinds of plants and animals.

May be the parents could not teach their children of the most difficult subject like science, algebra, medicine, astronomy, biology, etc. But the parents teach their children the most essentials thing that is vital in the learning process of these complicated thing; i.e. how to appreciate and the importance of education in our life and our future. The parents give lectures on their children on how to pursue their ambitions.

Our parents give us the foundations how to live in this world, they taught us how to be patient, discipline and act in good manner. They nourish us to become a good citizen, a good human being, to behave and act as responsible individual.

There are no prestigious colleges and universities that could teach their student how to act and behave as loving and kind hearted citizen. In fact some of students graduated in famous universities and colleges are behaving no manners. Because of the degree of education they got from their schools people act arrogantly and gathered too much pride.

To summarize, our school taught us complicated subjects, we got from them the tools that we can utilize to achieve our goals in life, to conquer success in our career. But our parents taught us the very important thing in life, "to be human".
Best Regards,
Joel Calderon
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+2 # nima 2015-05-18 10:53

This debate always exists and many discussions were done about this subject. Moreover all of us know children were born in house and growing near their parents from infant until school age. From my every day experience and other observation I don’t approve this question or not and reject easily but I try to explain my idea with some examples and comments as below.

First of all, children upbringing near family from birth date and parents affect positive or negative on them. Some scientists believe main core of one human is formed until 6 years old and they learned basis manner, personality, life values until 6. They are proved, parents could be trained their children such as teacher for them. Parents are initial teachers for their children; they could have big influences on their gentry so the initial years of each person are very important to her or his future life.

Second of all, when children are growing up they go to school and society, they learn basis things about social manner and live in civil community. For example in Japan school children oblige clean their class every week or every day each student sit in wheelchair from first until end of class. All of these things show children are motivated responsibility sense and prepared for civil society.

To sum up, parents play great roll in their children life, they have opportunity to preparing and training them especially until their daughters or sons go to school or preschool maybe we could express parents could be the best teachers. In other hands children learn novel things to live with other people so we conclude teachers and parents near each other can ready to deliver a good person to society.
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+17 # IELTS Moderator 2014-10-08 13:41
A response from one of our IELTS Candidates:

Parents are the best teacher. To what extent do you agree?

From the first step,we see people who teach and make us understand the world where we live. While it is true to say that the first teacher in our life is without doubt our parents.I agree to some extent with this idea and in this essay I aim to support my opinion with examples.

Firstly,no one can deny that the first lessons are given by parents.For example,it is commonly understood that parents initiate us how to walk,how to eat and how to communicate before we reach the real world.Further and even more importantly,I would contend that parents have witnessed every steps in both our physical and mental development.To illustrate,they share every stage of happeness and sadness with us.In the majority of cases,Parents have become the greatest provider who is always ready to offer their emotional support. From this it becomes evident that parents are the best instructor during our lifestyle.

On the other side of this argument,some people can not teeach their children due to the lack of education and lead to the wrong way.For example,it is obviously certain that some people are criminal and their offspring copy their habit and behaviour easily.Children,auto matically, tend to follow parents decision in spite of wrong way.Because of this it is easy to see that parents may not completely be the best teacher in every time.

In conclusion, parents can be best instructor,yet I believe some parents behaviour produce the negative effect in children development.
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+4 # Lenard 2014-03-08 05:50
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