The Value of Teachers’ Day
The Teacher’s Day , celebrated on 5th Sept. of every year in India, symbolises the value and importance of the teaching-learning process. It is observed with full enthusiasm and cheerfulness to show respect to teachers. But we should cherish the same intensity ot attitude towards acquiring knoledge and wisdom on other days of the year.
However, life never stops teaching. Someimes we cease to learn. Time is the most precious asset for us. Once it is lost, we can’t get back . Keeping pace with time is the best principle we must follow and practise in daily life. For that lots of things are to be accounted. Life is full of responsibilities . A responsible person rarely has time to spend in vain. But very often it is too late to realize all our responsibilities . To understand responsibilities means to understand life itself . If education doesn’t make the students aware of their commitment towads their families and the society at large , such education is incomplete .
Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was the first vice president of India ( 1952- 1962) and the second president of India ( 1962- 1967). He himself was a philosopher of Eastern religion and ethics, and statesman , who advocated Hinduism , and defended Hindu identity from the criticism of the western intellectual world( another staunch speaker of Indian spiritualism was Swami Vivekananda) . He was a professor in different reputed universities both inside and outside of India. He achieved lots of high accolades such as the Bharat Ratna in 1954 and the British Royal Order of Merit in 1963. One of the founder of Helpage India, a non -profit organisation in service of the underprivileged in India, he was not only a scholar but also a devited social thinker and a urdent humanist per excellence . He wished that 5th Sept. , his birthday should be remembered as Teachers’ Day and honouring his wish , the day is celebrated in India to show the value of techers in society .
Teachers are , however, given the highest place from the ancient time in India. Guru Purnima is another festival Hindues, Jains and Buddhists celebrate to honour the teachers and Gurus in June- July on the full-moon day in the Hindu month of Ashadha ( according to the Hindu Calender of India and Nepal ) . India is , however, the birth place of so many noble teachers and Gurus such as Goutam Buddha , Guru Nanak and Shree Manta Sankardeva etc in ancient India and Dr Radhakrishnan and Dr A P J Abul Kalam etc in modern India. Now Baba Ramdev , Shri Ravisankar and Osho are internationally famous preachers of India.
Different countries observe Teachers’ Day on different days of the year. UNESCO established the World Teachers Day in 1994, on 5th Oct. Countries like China , Bolivia etc celebrate 5th Oct. of every year as the Teachers’ Day.
A teacher is a guide and a leader . It is not that our favourite teacher is one of those who operates through a given system to provide formal education to grow our job oriented academic career . The best teacher may be our parent, a friend or a noble personality whom we follow or motivates us to learn facts and things , who inspires to think scientifically and liberally, and who opens our eyes to the manysidedness of life .
Moreover, a teacher is a learner first. He/she even learns his/her everyday classroom experiences . Those days are obsolete when teachers/Gurus were blindly imitated by students ( Einstein was an exception) . Eklavya cut his thumb to fulfill the wish of his Guru Dronacharya who practically refused to give education to Eklavya as he was the son of a Nishadha- leader( low caste) . Bhima lied to his Guru Parashuram that he was a Brahmin as Parasuram accepted only Brahmins as his desciples . These are the examples of teachers’ discriminations.
It is very rational to believe that a teacher too is a human being with some imperfections. Education starts at home just after a child’s birth. Each student admitted in a school comes with his/ her family culture and in higher education level, influences of school environment and teachers he/she carries along . A teacher too has his own family liturgy and ethics. Here the teacher needs to rise above himself / herself for a noble purpose i.e. to build character and self confidence of the students , to bring out their hidden talents and to provide them knowledge of good citizenship . It is a team-work of the teacher and the students of course and with co-operation from both sides only that to make education successful is possible as is wellsaid that the teacher only opens the door but the student must have a desire to enter .
It is very rational to believe that a teacher too is a human being with some imperfections. Education starts at home just after a child’s birth. Each student admitted in a school comes with his/ her family culture and in higher education level, influences of school environment and teachers he/she carries along . But a teacher has his/ her own family liturgy and ethics too. Here the teacher must rise above hisself/ herself for a noble purpose i.e. to build character and self-confidence of students , to bring into light their hidden talents and to provide them knowledge of good citizenchip. Its a team work of both the teacher and the students and with cooperation from both sides only to make education successful is possible. It is wellsaid that the teacher opens the door but the student must willingly enter into it.