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Monday, September 05, 2005

teachers and the taught

The 5th of September is celebrated as the Teacher’s day, to honor Dr. Saravapalli Radhakrishnan, the ex President of India (1962 to 1966). He was born on September 5, 1888 and died on April 17, 1975.

http://festivals.iloveindia.com/teachers-day/ http://www.indianchild.com/teachers_day_india.htm

In order to pay homage to him, schools play role reversals on this day – one student from the class takes over the duties of the teacher to appreciate the innumerable problems that a teacher faces each and every day. Even, the Principal of the school is a student! Imparting such knowledge improves the relationship between the teachers and the taught. The teacher has always been looked up to for guidance, consequently, it becomes the basic responsibility of the teacher to ensure that only the best of lessons are passed on to the students, they have to set examples for the students to follow. Unfortunately, a situation has come when many in the honorable profession of teaching have thought it fit to exploit situations. They possess certain advantages that are denied to the commoner and, greed for easy money lures them to perform acts that do not speak well of the profession. The days of getting the child admitted to a prestigious school and sitting back and relaxing are over – today, even if you cross the first hurdle of admission, you have to be prepared to continuously shell out money for innumerable reasons. In addition, in order that the child may excel and leave its mark in each and every field, it is made to attend coaching classes and, if a girl, has to learn singing and dancing. Today’s parents want to see the fulfillment of their desires in their children. It is the child that ultimately suffers – when it is unable to meet the expectations, it succumbs to peer pressure and lands up as yet another case of suicide.

Much has been said about reducing the burden of books from the school going kids – the proposals remain on paper. Here again, vested interests come to play. If you have one combined book for a number of related subjects instead of several, the authors lose out on recognition and royalty. Hence, there must be at least one book for each subject. It doesn’t make much sense, but then what does?

In this connection, two of my earlier pieces (of November-2004) on the subject may be referred – these have been viewed more than 4000+ times. The links are as follows:

http://o3.indiatimes.com/rediscoveringindia/archive/2004/11/20/26927.aspx
http://o3.indiatimes.com/rediscoveringindia/archive/2004/12/03/33379.aspx

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