Editorial

Shaping shapers

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 9/4/2019 11:27:48 AM IST

 September 5 is celebrated as Teacher’s Day in India as a tribute to all teachers for their contribution towards enlightenment of society. The universally accepted World Teacher’s Day is October 5. In India, the Teacher’s Day is celebrated on September 5 and this tradition started from 1962. This is the when Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was born. He was a philosopher, scholar, teacher, and politician and his dedicated work towards education made his birthday an important day in the history of India. It was his request that his birthday should be celebrated as an honorable day for all the teachers in the country, in case someone is wishing to celebrate his birthday at all. Some in Nagaland would vividly remember that it was Dr Radhkrishnan, the second president of India who formally inaugurated creation of Nagaland as  the sixteenth state under the Indian Union in Kohima on December 1,1963.The awesome responsibility of educating the young, the  torch bearers of a nation’s future, is daunting. Teaching is the most influential job in the world. Teachers are known to shape the mind of youth and without knowledge no one can exist in this world. Teacher imparts good value in children and turn them into responsible citizens. So, almost every country celebrates Teacher’s Day. In the light of the tributes, one question that comes to mind is- who is a teacher ? A teacher is a friend, philosopher, and guide who holds our hand, opens our mind, and touches our heart.  However, there are different types of teachers   who play an important part in shaping the shapers of society. In the words of William Arthur Ward, there are four kinds of teachers.  The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. Thus, the fourth kind, who inspires is the greatest among all teachers . The teacher who inspires is also a trainer from whom a student learns and may also be called a “mentor”. Mentoring is an attribute of a great teacher whose influence on the child helps in development of a healthy and balanced personality. In a fast changing environment, teachers today have to make themselves relevant in order to realise the high standards that are increasingly emphasized in schools and school systems across the country. Till thirty years back, most people chose to be in the profession but in the recent decades, many find themselves in the profession out of compulsion. Today, teachers are made; are academically more qualified with the required B.Ed.degree. Such changes are not entirely unexpected as the world has become a global business of profit. The subjects today are no longer restricted to text books but also include many other extra curricular interests on issues such as global warming phenomenon, information and technology, inventions, HIV/AIDS, internet and the like. Also subjects such as event management, setting up NGOs, entrepreneurial skills, career guidance etc are basic and no longer specialized subjects confined to a few universities. These are the changing faces and values of contemporary teachers who are expected to shape and mould the personalities of their students in a challenging and competitive world. Shaping society is not about employment but contributing towards betterment of society at large. Teachers’ Day aims to value and acknowledge the contribution of all the teachers in shaping one’s lives.

 

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