Teachers respond more to students who express interest in the material taught in class. Nevertheless, other teachers are interested in the personal appeals they receive from individual students, making extra attention to such students appear discriminative. Therefore, I think teachers show favoritism among students because of their relationship in and out of class.
Personally, I think that it is difficult for teachers to assist the least participating students. The few students who are active and responsive during the teacher’s lessons turn out to be the “teacher’s pet.” The class views such a situation as favoritism when it is their fault to a certain extent. Most teachers even use favoritism as a wake up call for the rest of the class. This is because students who receive such treatment achieve the highest grades in class.
On the contrary, there are teachers who might be favoring students because of a physical impression. The student might be favored because he or she might be of the opposite sex or very attractive. Some students can choose to use seduction to exploit their teachers in class, hence favoritism. The community and school culture find such prejudice morally wrong and thus against the law. Other than that, I had a teacher who used to favor my fellow female student simply because she was committed and reminded her of her own teenage years. Such favoritism can be neglected if the other students are as hard working and participating.
The preferential treatment a student receives from a teacher and the participating level of students cause favoritism. I observed a lot of favoritism from the teachers from my high school and campus. Students favored because of their efforts deserve the extra attention. Furthermore, this kind of favoritism brings about learning competition necessary for the progress of the class.