Without teachers to teach the doctors, there would be no doctors. It follows that teachers are more important because they garner everything a doctor does, plus all the great benefits of passing on information (that would otherwise disappear) to the next generation.
Without someone to teach, we would still be living in caves, assuming each individual figured it out on his own that caves stop the rain from dropping on you.
Or, as Braincube put it in the open debate I just found:
"Who's gonna teach the doctors?"
There will be no doctors without any teachers.
I understand your point: Teachers give instruction but do not perform the tasks themselves. Unfortunately, it is absolutely wrong.
I was taught to fire a 12-gauge shotgun at Scout Camp. The instructor did not say 'ok, so point that thing at the air and pull the trigger.' NO, He demonstrated his instruction. In other words, he performed the task, and in so doing, he taught me to shoot.
My brother-in-law is an anatomist. He instructs people who will become doctors. During his teaching, he demonstrates how to make certain incisions, what goes where and so on. In other words, He performs the task in order to teach his craft.
When I was taught to speak, my parents demonstrated language by using it. They did not leave me to discover language on my own. They performed the task an thereby I learned language.
Your main contention is that teachers do not do. It is wrong. The best teachers have done and will do.
Oh, and...words can and do save lives. More in my next post.
My opponent claims that actions are required to save lives. I propose that uninformed action does more harm than good. Without teachers, doctors would not know the aorta from the anus. Let's say you go in for an aortic bypass, and you leave with a second passage for poop to escape. The doctors acted, but their action was uninformed by a teacher.
Words, and the transmission of ideas through them, have saved an infinitely larger amount of human lives than doctors could ever dream of.
In response to my opponents post number three:
Not at all. No teacher will give you everything on a silver platter. That is not teaching. A teacher will instruct you on method, true, but the individual has as much responsibility to learn as the teacher has to teach.
Let's look at it this way: If we had no doctors we would still have teachers. If we had no teachers, we would have no doctors.
Or another way: without the ability to pass on information from one generation to the next, technological advances would be impossible.
Humanity will survive without doctors. It has for aeons. Humanity will implode without teachers.
Even animals have teachers. Barn cats learn to hunt from their mothers. They have no doctors. They are doing fine, except for the whole having to eat mice thing.
Think about it: Teachers are integral to every facet of who we are. We learn language, math, science, biology, communication, food preparation, mobility, everything from someone. Without teachers, humans are pet-food. Savvy?