This post has been published by me on the occasion of the Teachers' Day as a part of the Blog-a-Ton 2; the second edition of the online marathon of Bloggers; where we decide and we write. To be part of the next edition, visit and start following Blog-a-Ton.
Thanks to few of our blogger buddies who translated ‘Teachers: Aaj Kal’ as ‘Teachers: now and then’ relieving me from the pain of looking for some Hindi speaking friends.
I think, if I have to speak about teachers, I should speak about the education first, as the message comes before the messenger. And also for some reason, I am not able to see Education and teachers separately, as I feel both are part and parcel of a system.
Secondly I desperately wanted to speak about future too, as I always wanted to write on how I like our education to be. When I googled for the meaning of ‘Kal’ I got a result that it means yesterday and also tomorrow, allowing me to write about future comfortably. However, there is a possibility that I may not get the votes to win because of slight irrelevancy to the topic but I really don’t want to worry about it, as I feel spreading this view across is more important than the votes.
However I will try my best to keep it as relevant as possible for an obvious reason, to win this contest. In the process, please excuse me if it resembles like the cow and coconut tree story as I explained in my previous post CREAM AND SCUM OF BLOGGING.
I am not going to bore you down with the definition of education as what other renowned personalities said, instead let us take it in a more practical way. Simply speaking, Education is a tool which helps a person to achieve aspects which would keep him happy and fulfilled throughout his life. But now, when MONEY FETISHES started ruling, they imbibed, money is the only thing that can keep a man happy and altered the definition as ‘Education is the best way to earn money’ which I honestly didn’t like.
I believe mind plays a major role in facing this world and advancing to other stages in life. Human beings are complex compared to animals. Dealing with human being is even more complex activity as every person has different experience and belief in attaining a common objective. Unless a person is mentally strong and empathic, he cannot move forward in life without friction. As we don’t have any system in our education to enhance the power of mind now, I would like to add that to the curriculum in future.
If mind can play major role in life, the quality of person who shapes the mind should have more supreme qualities. But when we speak about teachers in high esteem remembering sarvapalli Radhakrishnan and all now, in reality I don’t think this is treated as a noble profession. If we take a practical example of our own selves, I don’t think many would aim for teaching as a profession. Even in this post I wouldn’t say that everyone should aim for a job in teaching. It’s their will and wish to choose their profession but my point is to prove that this profession is charmless now. I think unless they improve the quality of training and comparatively poor salaries in this IT ridden world, I don’t think they can reestablish the lost charm of teaching. And also government should stop believing that age will bring wisdom but concentrate and recognize real talents. After all, people should start improving their quality rather than waiting to get aged.
Most of our education system teaches whatever is there in book and tests only the memory power of a student. I believe this wouldn’t do any good to a student unless they check the application capability of what he thus learned. In future when a person chooses his path in 11th standard, more emphasis should be given to the practical aspect of the field. For example if he chooses commerce group, he should spend at least half of the time in companies. Teachers should be the ones, who have absolute practical knowledge in that field as a person who doesn’t know to run a business can’t teach business.
Generally if we learn a new thing in life it is fun. Being education is all about learning, why we treat it as pain. Unless we were given reasons for the lessons we learn in school it won’t create interest. Before starting a maths lesson, I would like my teacher to explain on how it is going to benefit me in life. This not only creates interest but also eliminate some unwanted topics in syllabus.
If you look at our country, when we step out of our home we start facing rude, unfriendly behaviors right from fellow companion to politicians, police, rikshaw drivers etc. I would suggest teaching ethical, behavioral and psychological lessons in the syllabus right from childhood to make this country a pleasant place to live in future.
A gentleman, who was a great scholar wanted to cross a river. After finalizing the fare with the boat man, they both got in to a boat and started the journey.The moral of the story is that, education should have everything that a man needs in life rather than the few theories which would never help a person in any way other than increasing the Ego.
To clear the unwanted silence, the gentleman asked the boatman “Do you know Confucius?”
The boatman replied “No sir”
Gentleman said “Then a quarter of your life is waste. Do you at least know Buddha?”
The boatman said “No sir, I haven’t even heard about the name”
Gentleman replied “Then a half of your life is waste”
Since the boatman wasn’t up to his standard, the gentleman kept quiet. After a while, the water level started increasing, the boat was waving heavily showing the signs of flood.
The boatman asked “Sir do you know swimming?”
He said “No”
“Then sir, whole of your life is waste” saying this, the boat man jumped into water and swam away.
Though I have good respect to my ex teachers in school and college, I still feel the best teacher in this world now and then is ‘nature’. And I strongly believe that unless I observe and learn from it, I won’t move an inch forward in life.
The fellow Blog-a-Tonics who took part in this Blog-a-Ton are Vipul, Rajalakshmi, Dhiman, Ranee, ,  , Avada, Indian Pundit, Sojo, Aneet, Pramathesh, Aativas, Sid, Pra, Ajinkya, Lakshmi, Govind, Shilpa, Shankar, Mytuppence, Azad, Pawan, Pankaja, Saimanohar, Guria, Shruti, Vishnu and Nasrajan. Click on their respective names to read their posts on Teachers : Aaj Kal. To be part of the next edition, visit and start following Blog-a-Ton.