Building Blocks of a Nation….

Appreciative minds: A deeply satisfying profession when the right chords are struck. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

Picture Courtesy: The Hindu

As we pile in our greeting cards, pick a rose from a nearby  bouquet store and put all the dark moments behind and bump in to our teachers to just see that enduring smile of satisfaction and a heart warming “Thank You” in their faces. They mean much to us. They meant much to us. What we’re today is because of our past. Our little joys, sorrows , mistakes, desires, relationships and our environment have influenced us pretty deeply as a person. Good or bad, we follow a certain etiquette or principles for our life from what we’ve learnt and enriched through the years. The day has come, where we need to stand up for individuals who were born to craft our lives, mould it to the best shape with utmost honesty and give us a tear jerking send off when we need them the most. Teachers as we call them are the noble souls who make the world , a wiser and a sweeter place to live in.

Teaching is leaving a vestige of one self in the development of another.  And surely the student is a bank where you can deposit your most precious treasures.  –Eugene P. Bertin

       As we know we pay homage to our teachers and the gleeful moments spent with them on the occasion of Dr. Sarvepalli RadhaKrishnan’s birthday. Let’s  trace back the very evolution of this memorable day. S.RadhaKrishnan who was elected as a President just then was requested by his friends and students to celebrate his birthday. The legend gave a startling reply “Instead of celebrating my birthday , it would be my proud privilege if 5 September is observed as Teachers Day”. Rest as they say, is history.

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     There’s no use of this day until and unless we acknowledge their presence. We hear same stories interpreted by different persons in different ways. That’s where the uniqueness of a teacher steps in. A teachers needs to graft his/her mind well enough to grab the attention of a student and make them live in the story rather than bluntly narrating it. If that’s done, half the purpose of education is served.

The task of the excellent teacher is to stimulate "apparently ordinary" people to unusual effort.  The tough problem is not in identifying winners:  it is in making winners out of ordinary people.  -K. Patricia Cross

        Coming to teaching, one more aspect that needs to be taught is practicality, its relevance and application in the real world regarding a subject. This reminds me of Dr. RadhaKrishnan again who repeatedly stressed of the influence and the change he wanted to contribute. He wanted to be an ambassador to propagate better standards in education. A student needs to dwell on this very essence and enjoy the journey.       

       Parents are good teachers but their words turn out to be more preachy and they tend to advise us too much beyond a limit. A friend accompanies the informality that we need to express ourselves and a parent turns out to be constructive when the chips are down and we need a pillar of support. Teachers blur the line between being a friend and a parent with respect to what the situation demands.

       We all love to latch on to mistakes a teacher makes, make fun of them on the lighter side. We have fun being sent out of the class in the heat of the moment and have purposeless arguments that serve no purpose than anything but blatant happiness. As we know an amalgamation of all these arguments, fights, happiness , emotions is what makes the bond more subtle lending a special feeling in our hearts.

In the recent years, teaching is being taken up as a just another job that ensures a fat monthly salary. The commitment endowed and built along the years seem to slipping. The relationship between a teacher and a student no longer has that tinge of sincerity. It’s sad to witness a nation famous for its teaching methods, ethics and cultures isn’t trying hard enough to promote quality. Students form the building blocks of a nation and their knowledge, wisdom is a result of what they emulate from teachers. The noble profession that once ensured satisfaction of learning more than anything else isn’t finding its feet up.The corporate culture seems to have induced the money angle into it which makes education all the more a business. It’s up to us to enlighten the country and stand up to this sad trend and set an example.

Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.  -Jacques Barzun

    Whether we recognise it or not, every action of ours today signifies a part of our past and teachers form the best part of it. Lets respect their intentions, lets rake in every faded memory of those beautiful days, lets cherish them and lets glorify them. Ultimately our remembrance and well being is what they care for and lets show that  we’re indeed doing well and that too because of them. We don’t need a day or an occasion to remember them, it’s just that one moment of inspiration that counts.



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