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High school teacher: Completely in charge of a room full of children and is expected to cater to and understand each child’s learning needs. Is 100% responsible for the safety of each child in the room and has a thing called “duty of care” in which they are legally responsible for all decision making in regards to child safety. Has to manage behaviour as well as teach curriculum. Uses a surname to remind children that whilst their relationship is important, teachers are adults and cannot be treated or spoken to as one would a friend. To clarify, a teacher deliberately builds and sustains rapport with students whilst also ensuring students understand boundaries, the use of names helps students identify this relationship.
University professor: not at all an easy job and has a very demanding student body but does teach only adults and thus treats students as adults. Should a student misbehave they can be asked to leave and the rest of the room is likely to support that. They have no responsibility for the safety of learners if said learners make unsafe decisions, nor are they responsible for students that are told to leave, or the safety of students between classes. One reason that they would use first names is because they are expected to be respected as human beings and as the student body can be demanding it is a nice reminder to treat them as people. Again, they’re creating adult relationships and expect an adult level of responsibility from all those in classrooms.
As a wannabe professor, I totally agree. There is a huge difference between teachers and lecturers. The dynamic is completely different; teachers need to be seen as a figure of authority as they are responsible for their students. That’s why they get the titles. They’re responsible for the students, they need the respect.
Lecturers are not responsible for their students safety nor even their studies. A professor is more like a tour guide, pointing out interesting sites along the way. If you don’t respect me, it does not bother me one bit. You failing the course your fault, not mine.
And for the record, I’d say that teaching would be a much harder job.