It is more important for a teacher to help students gain self-confidence than to teach them specific knowledge?

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The fundamental duty (main mission) of teachers, by common consent, is providing the students with all kinds of knowledge in both natural science and social science. However, recently more and more people consider that helping students establish self-confidence is crucial task for teachers, a task even more important than teaching. As far as I am concerned, this argument, to a certain extent, is reasonable and practical. Currently, students can capture the knowledge and information from various channels, such as the Internet, television and broadcast, since we have embarked on an information era. So teachers are not the only and even predominant approach for students to get what they need. What's more, specific knowledge is characterized by quick update, that is to say it is easy to be replaced with newer knowledge. So, in the light of the trait of specific knowledge, the Internet and television which can disseminate new information at once are better choice for students than the traditional way-by teachers or tutors. Self-confidence, unlike specific knowledge, may not be established or obtained readily without other's help, and teachers, to some degree, are the appropriate people who have the capability to give vital (genuine) advice and (indispensable) guidance to the students. I once was a passive people and subsequently did not want to get in touch with and absorb any new things. But my tutor, a considerate people, who knows me very well likes to talk with me. He helps me build up self-confidence and makes me more optimistic. Now, I have a fancy for all kinds of fresh things, like the new specific knowledge. How I would be if I didn't meet such a qualified (competent) teacher. Yet on the other hand, a more rational choice must synthesize different aspects of the issue as adequately as possible. I concede that good teaching skills are

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