On May 12, 2008, Fan Meizhong, a teacher at Guangya School in Dujiangyan, revealed he had fled his classroom during the earthquake leaving his students behind. Some people say that he lacked responsibility to his students while others say he had a right to save his own life first. What is your opinion about this?
Teachers Should Put Students First
"Runner Fan", nickname of Fan Meizhong, who ran out of the classroom leaving his students behind during the May 12 earthquake, has caused a controversy1
concerning traditional Chinese values. Many people regard his action as wrong and a direct violation2
of teachers' responsibility and I would have to agree with them.
Firstly, it is the responsibility of a teacher to protect his students' safety by law. Being concerned solely3
fol his own life and leaving his students behind while fleeing violates the spirit of the law. In an emergency, each teacher is responsible for the direct supervision4
of his students. Furthermore, it will be of great help if they can direct the evacuation of their students to designated assembly areas in accordance with warning signals and written notification. It is out of the question that they should not remain with their students until rescue crews arrive. Secondly5
, teachers act as a role model for their students. The Compulsory6
Education Law does stipulate7
that “a teacher should be a model of virtue8
for others and should be devoted9
to the education of the people." Teachers not only teach students how to think, but also how to behave to support others in society. Fleeing the classroom and leaving the students behind in an emergency sets a bad example for students.
To conclude, teachers are responsible for students' safety in an emergency. Teachers are expected to demonstrate responsible behaviour and they ought to be specifically trained to deal with emergency situations. (248 words)
1.A teacher is a stand-in parent for the children, and represents a halfway10
point between the family home and life as an adult in the wider community.
2.Teachers should give responsibility for the students’welfare when the parents are absent,and the students in their tum accept their authority and direction.
3.Education officials have placed“protecting students’safety”under the third clause of the first revision to the regulation that came into being in 1997.