BA English Comprehension Teaching, more even than most other professions, has been transformed during the last hundred years from a small, highly skilled profession concerned with a minority of the population, to a large and important branch of the public service. The profession has a great and honorable tradition, extending from the dawn of history until recent times, but any teacher in the modern world who allows himself to be inspired by the ideals of his predecessors is likely to be made sharply aware that it is not his function to teach what he thinks, but to instill such beliefs and prejudices as are thought useful by his employers. In former days a teacher was expected to be a man of exceptional knowledge or wisdom, to whose words men would do well to attend. In antiquity, teachers were not an organized profession, and no control was exercised over what they taught. It is true that they were often punished afterwards for their subversive doctrines, Socrates was put to death and Plato is said to have been thrown into prison, but such incidents did not interfere with the spread of the doctrines. Questions:WWW. englishnotes4all. com 1. What changes has occurred in the profession of teaching during the last hundred years? 2. What were the teachers supposed to be in olden days? 3. Why were Socrates and Plato punished? 4. What is the function of a teacher now-a-days? 5. Can a modern teacher teach according to his likes? 6. Write a précis of the above paragraph.