A lot of parents are proud and encourage their kids to be teachers ‘pets. Students, themselves, also want to be their teachers ‘favorites. True, there are a lot of advantages of becoming teachers ‘pets. However, there are the other sides of the phenomenon.
Undoubtedly teachers ‘pets have a lot of benefits. It is the authority that the teacher possesses makes the advantages of the students. Similarly in work place, when the boss favors someone by more likely to endorse the employee or facilitate his work life. There are a lot of advantages that students can get from receiving the teacher’s favor. However, it does not mean that students should make effort to be picked by their teachers or they are not as good as teachers ‘pets. Even though it is more beneficial to be favored by teachers, there are some drawbacks.
First, most pet students have extrinsic motivation, which is pride. Most students want their teachers to favor them over others. The feelings of “the one” out of thirty or fifty kids make the child feel proud and special. Therefore, the students make effort to please their teachers. They study hard, contribute in class, help teachers, and talk to teachers about the subjects that the teachers are teaching. For example, a History teacher who loves figures and on her tests, there would usually numbers of how many airplanes were there, what specific time, date of the battle, the accurate percentages of population and so on. It is understandable that teachers require students to remember the numbers; however, the students should learn the meanings behind those numbers, or the general approximation of the figures to appreciate the event. Numbers are good to use as a frame of reference. Therefore, some students would not stuff in their brains useless accurate numbers, and they would not score well. They would spend their time and energy to study something else that they think it is worthwhile. Teacher’s pet, on the other hand, knows that his teacher is going to put those figures on the test; thus, he studies exact numbers by numbers. He studies well, knowing what style his teacher may ask on the test, scoring well, and impressing his teacher. All he would expect his teacher would love him, and he is proud of it.
Second, a teacher’s pet tends to be a shadow, puppet, or lackey of the teachers. They follow instructions, obey and less likely to show dissent. The shadow is very hypocrite, and you cannot tell the real person throughout the shadow. It is dark, always behind, and follows the object. The students are restrained or imprisoned by the orders or the satisfaction of the teachers. They are afraid that if they do something that goes against the teacher’s favor, the teacher would not like them. Once teacher dislikes their favorite student, the teacher tends to suppress or detest their pet than a regular student who does not receive any favoritism from the teacher. For instance, teachers usually despise bullies and rebel kids. A pet student would not want his teacher to aware that he is hanging out with the naughty kids at school because it would ruin the image of him to his teacher. However, non-pet student would have the freedom to do what they want without the fear of upsetting the teacher. Similarly, a dog pet which is carefully kept by his owner would not be allowed to run freely, hanging out with wild dogs in the neighborhood. Therefore, the dog pet is less likely to interact with other dogs and always be with the owner. Thus, pet student tends not to hang-out with groups that the teacher dislikes. Also, when it comes to study, homework, and test, non-pet students have the freedom to be more creative. They are not restrained to be right or wrong, fail or succeed. Regardless of the results, the teacher would not pay as much attention as their pet student. Non-pet student could say their thoughts more freely to their teachers because they don’t scare to lose the teacher’s favoritism.
Third, teacher’s pet tends to be bias or conform to the teacher’s ideology. They do not dare to have or raise thoughts that are different from their teacher’s. For example, if your teacher hates the Obama administration, you would more likely to not like it too. Your teacher believes that stress may not be compared to other people. She may think that your drama relationship stress is not much more stressful as the ISIS crisis in Syria. Therefore, even though you don’t agree with it, you would use cognitive dissonance to conform your teacher’s belief and convinces yourself that maybe you are wrong. Another example, your teacher would like you to do euthanasia by using Terri Schiavo case; however, you are intended to use Cruzan case. What you would probably do is to reduce the conflict of the dissonance in your brain by telling yourself that your favorite teacher is always right, and you should not upset him. Therefore, you would follow what the teacher’s favor and go ahead with the Terri Schiavo case.