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    set an example

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me your opinion regarding the interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    Frankly speaking, your manner of dressing and your hair style seem a little bit bizarre for a school teacher. Don't you think that a teacher has some special obligations to his pupils in setting a certain example?

    set an example = set a good or bad example. Behave in a way that should (or will) be imitated.

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    Re: set an example

    Persons in positions of authority have to be aware of the example they set.

    I have grandchildren that ride bikes. I ride a bike. We insist that they (the grandchildren) all wear helmets when they ride their bikes. So, I set a good example by always wearing a helmet when I ride my bike.

    The speaker in your example is admonishing the teacher for dressing in a manner that we (at least from the speaker's point of view) wouldn't want students to dress. The teacher is, therefore, setting a bad example by dressing they way he/she does.

    One of the tenets of Army Leadership is to lead by example or set the example. If you want your soldiers to shine their boots, then you must shine your boots. If you want your soldiers to be at work on time, then you must be at work on time. And so on.

    I hope these examples help illustrate the meaning.

    Not a teacher. 53-year-old American.

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