Teachers’ Day, celebrated on September 5, is a mark of tribute to teachers’ contribution to the society. It marks the birth anniversary of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, second President of India, eminent diplomat, scholar and above all, a teacher.
The student- teacher relationship is of great relevance. Every successful person has some mentor who brings out the best in him/her. Teachers play one of the most important roles in everybody’s life.
Over the years, the student-teacher relationship has changed phenomenally. A teacher today plays multiple roles in one’s life, master, Guru, friend, philosopher and guide. A good learner can find a teacher in any form like a friend, a neighbour, a kin, a sibling, a colleague and even a stranger.
Madhura Hawal, whose mother is a teacher, narrates an incident. “My mother received a letter from a girl student after over a decade. The student told her that she had become a writer and noted that her confidence in her abilities stemmed from the fact that my mother had often encouraged her in her attempts to write. ‘I’ll be reading your book someday’, my mother used to tell her. And there she was, ready to publish her first book. It feels nice.”
Each of us can think of a teacher or a few of them, who have had a strong impact on our lives. However, does a teacher know how much s/he has changed our life? Teachers’ Day is the moment to thank our teachers though we cannot thank them enough really.
Kalpana Gandhi, a computer teacher, says, “Teacher-student relation has evolved. This is because studies are just not limited to knowledge imparted within the four walls of a classroom. There are other media through which students can gain knowledge. It is the job of teachers to ensure teaching students on how to apply the knowledge that they have. It is just not the chalk-and-board teaching anymore; a teacher has to be more creative.”
Sanjay Patankar, a professor, feels that besides having thorough knowledge and ability to impart it, a good teacher should have empathy to understand a student’s difficulty. A good teacher should not have ego. “The joy of giving knowledge is enjoyed most by a true teacher. Again, a teacher is always learning and upgrading oneself. S/he also learns from students in the process.”
Pooja Kulkarni, a junior professor, avers, ‘‘Good student spreads a teacher’s fame like Arjuna did to Dronacharya. In earlier times, teachers used to get respect from the society. Perhaps it is missing now and the reason may be the lack of quality of some teachers and poor remuneration paid to them. All bright students do not choose teaching as a career option.”
Meena Oswal, a parent, says, it is not a surprise to hear that teachers matter the most. ‘‘Studies have shown that having a strong teacher, even for one year, can lead to lasting academic and social performance gains. Having a nurturing teacher can serve as a protective factor on learning and peer relationships,’’ she adds.
Yes, things have changed yet no matter what transitions, teachers continue to hold the place of pride and importance in our hearts. With time passing by, the ‘Guru-Shishya Parampara’ too has witnessed a sea change. On days like Teachers’ Day, teachers get the recognition that they deserve. Thanks and reminders that teachings change lives, of course, come at other times as well. And it is perhaps those unexpected moments of awareness that are most precious to teachers.
Teacher who taught Pan-India, how live with simplicity irrespective of the position you are:
Dr APJ Abdul Kalam passed away of a heart stroke on July 27 and the entire nation came together to mourn the death of the man, ‘People’s President’ as he was fondly called. Dr. Kalam loved spending time guiding and interacting with students and even when the end came, he was delivering a lecture. His words will always remain relevant: ‘‘Teachers should be role models. A student spends 25,000 hours in the campus. The school must have the best of teachers who have the ability to teach, love teaching and build moral qualities.’’
The Movies that portrayed the teacher-student relationship very beautifully
There are many Bollywood movies, which have paid tribute to the teacher-student relationship. A famous song ‘Aao Bachhon Tumhen Dikhaaye…’ from ‘Jagriti’ (1954) is still a hit among students and teachers. Over the years, films have captured teachers in all their glory, with actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Naseeruddin Shah playing some memorable roles on the silver screen. Films like ‘Mera Naam Joker’, ‘Taare Zameen Par’, ‘Schoolmaster’ (1959), ‘Parichay’ (1972), ‘Sir’ (1993), ‘Rockford’ (1999), ‘Iqbal’ (2005), ‘Black’ (2005), ‘Chak De! India’ (2007), ‘3 Idiots’ (2009), ‘Stanley Ka Dabba’ (2011) and ‘Aarakshan’ (2011) are among some memorable ones.