A teacher must keep a mirror for the personal development of children
In the development of children, the ideal role of teachers should be that of promoters and motivators of good values and qualities.
By: Priyanka Saurabh
There is a gradual development of knowledge, ideas and values in the life of man from birth, which makes him a human being by separating him from other animals. After the family, teachers play the biggest role in this development. However, in Indian society, teachers are held in very high esteem because since ancient times they have been a major source of morality and importance of education in society. The teachers used their knowledge to act as a philosopher-guide-friend to all of society, many of them working against social evils. Even in the contemporary world, apart from academic genius, they represent ethics, and in our very rural and illiterate society, people see teachers as the future builders of their children. In the development of children, the ideal role of teachers should be that of promoters and motivators of good values and qualities. So, instead of spoon-feeding knowledge directly to students, they should strive to develop a sense of inquiry and rationality in children, so that they feel empowered to learn on their own, with passion. Also, teachers should try to inculcate good moral values such as sincerity, honesty, discipline, humility, religious tolerance, gender equality, etc. to children so that the foundations of good human beings can be laid.
In today’s world facing a deep crisis of values, our teachers have a huge role to play if we are to grow and prosper. The value of the teacher is clearly defined by the beautiful shlokas of ancient India – Guru Brahma, Guru Vishnu, Guru Devo Maheshwara, Guru Sakshat Param Brahma, Tasmai Sri Guruve Namah. Which means “Guru is the creator (Brahma), Guru is the protector (Vishnu), Gurudev is the destroyer (Maheshwar). Guru himself is the perfect God (singular), salutations to this Sri Guru. The teacher is not the one who only teaches for the money, the passion for teaching goes far. It is the bitter truth of our society that some teachers do not have the passion and knowledge to teach, there are many examples like what happens in schools in Bihar, if the teacher does not have the quality of teaching, what should we do for the students? As you would expect, the education system needs a change, the NCERT model is outdated and has not been revised since 2015. There should be literate teachers but there should also be trained teachers.
The first teacher of any child is the mother, through whom the child learns the fundamentals that have a fundamental impact on his personality. A teacher has the power to bring revolution to his students by nurturing knowledge. Thus, the teacher plays the most important role in the life of the students, he guides the students by motivating them and also understands their needs and problems of the students and solves them by providing them with the best solutions. The friendly nature of the teacher is commendable. So, a teacher possesses all those qualities by which he can change the destiny of any student by providing and motivating him with the best. In Indian society, the place of the guru occupied a high position. In the scriptures, the guru is often equated with God. Even socio-religious reformers have commented on the quintessence of gurus in their lives. A guru is seen not only as a guide, teacher, friend, and seeker of truth, but also as someone who enables everyone to realize their potential and their place in the universe.
The role of the teacher was more important in shaping the future of the child and the human being. Currently society has lost the human touch – the essence of compassion, empathy, primary purpose and tolerance, now is the time to instill such values in children. Guru is important in this context. Social values, harmony and the spirit of excellence are the need of the hour. Therefore, the role of the teacher is not limited to curricular development, but to the holistic development of the human being – social, economic, political and contextual – to reach their maximum potential. The Guru-Shishya tradition has existed in India since time immemorial. The Guru was once the single point of reference for all questions from the disciples and at the same time he was the embodiment of values and virtues and it was his duty to inculcate them in the students. To create a class of citizens with very high ideals of moral and ethical values, to propagate non-violence and sympathy, and to sensitize students to poverty, pain and the needs of society. These days all of that is disappearing and schools are producing mechanical students with a heart but lacking in an intellectual side. Teachers today are themselves not well equipped in value systems and are often the precursors of political ideologies that replace teaching with propaganda and are dangerous both to students and to the nation.
The need of the hour is that teachers receive proper training and are strictly instructed not to engage in propaganda, but to develop children’s minds on the principles of secularism and inclusion enshrined in the Constitution. In Indian society, the teacher has been given a place like God. The teacher, considered the second guardian of children, is often compared to the light of hope in the darkness. The teacher is held in a very high position because of the very important role played by him in building the foundation of man. Not only knowledge, but it is also the source of the moral and social values of the individual. India has inherited a great tradition of the guru-disciple relationship. Parents give birth Teachers give values and character respect to the student. We do not remember what the teacher taught but how the teacher is, so the teacher develops the values of discipline and character at this age by becoming a model, children repeat what they see. The teacher should not teach what to think but how to think so that individual traits are developed. The teacher must push the child’s limits and allow him to explore on his own. The teacher must encourage the tendency to question. Confucians with original thinking did the same and Abdul Kalam always raised questions, simply put, a teacher should keep a mirror for the personal development of children.
The author is a political science researcher, poet, freelance journalist and columnist.