Who is the Teacher?
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By TK Soni
Primary learning begins at home but secondary and formal learning starts from school. The school is considered as a second home for most kids. Teachers are one of the more influential people in the lives of our children. Teachers are those who impart education to students who will be tomorrow’s leaders.
In our Indian culture, we call teacher “the Guru”, Gu means darkness and Ru means light; which when put the syllables together it means “a person who takes you out of the darkness in order to see light”. The primary and main aim of an ideal teacher is to prepare the student with the vision of leadership, through motivated educational system. The thought is that Mothers bring children to this World, but Teachers bring the World to them.
A Teacher is a leader, who is always dynamic and believes in change and have the capacity to prepare future leaders and develop in them the skills that they may need to succeed in the future. A Teacher who leads understands the human aspect of living; not just someone who is all about academic standards or just following the national curriculum. A Teacher who leads knows exactly what the world needs, what her student needs. She is compassionate, warm, lovable, optimistic, kind and well-meaning person. She offers not just the time of the day at school – rather she offers her life to the children she teaches. She is confident in her students; she gets to their sprits and empowers them to grow, mature and develop into the best possible citizen for the future.
To all teachers out there –
- whether you are out in the streets peddling your cart full of books (think Efren Penaflorida, CNN Hero of the Year 2009);
- whether you are in the deep end of the jungle carving your own corner to teach under a tree;
- whether you are giving lectures at the vast ocean (think about the children whom the Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation serves)
- or, inside the comfort of your room.
Please know that you are the hope of the nation.
Please know that whoever you choose to empower and help become our future, you inspire us – and we want you to know that!