Where are all the good teachers?

Where are all the good teachers? 

It’s Teacher’s Day so I have to put in my one bit. The teacher is at the core of any education system…its heart. We entrust our little ones in their hands to make something out of them. Our huge expectations must bog them down. But they must and they do trudge along.

Which makes me come to the conclusion that only the brave teach… Yes you need courage more than anything else to venture into teaching. It is one profession that lays down the foundation for the rest. The responsibility that it entails is huge and the teacher needs to remember that. As Joyce Meyer said, “Teachers can change lives with just the right mix of chalk and challenges”. 

However a lot is going wrong with education. There are disgruntled parents and frustrated teachers and clueless students. The parents blame the teachers naturally but there’s much more that lies beyond the obvious. The fact education can be ‘bought’ with money is the most unbelievable and distressing of all facts. When I was growing up, my parents would tell me about Lakshmi and Saraswati and how the twain never meet. It’s so deeply ingrained in me, that when I first came across the ‘have money, will buy’ attitude for education it was shocking beyond words. Parents hire home tutors who are told, “Hamare bachche ko pasand aana chahiye.” Excuse`moi…. Since when did education come down to the level of grocery shopping? Imagine the plight of the teacher who has to worry more about his ‘appraisal’ than drilling in the concepts to the pupil. And when the child is aware of this, what respect does he have for the teacher or the lessons?

And then we have private colleges sprouting in every corner who peddle their wares for eager parents out to buy a degree for their children. Some even give the option to send the degree at home so the child never has to lift a finger or leave home. All of this comes at a price which for some is not an inconvenience. 

When did our society sink so low? How and why are such alleged institutions allowed to legitimately flourish? And then we reminisce the good old days when we had such good teachers. A teacher is only as good as his/her students. The response of the pupils eggs him/her on to teach better. If the students treat education and teachers as a commodity, how can we expect to have dedicated teachers. Somewhere down the line, they just throw in the towel and function on auto mode. Remember that teaching is not a lost art but the regard for it is a lost tradition. 

On this Teacher’s Day, let’s think about our own wonderful teachers and introspect as to how we can contribute to the making of such teachers. It’s our children’s future that is at stake. 

Tell me what you think about this and how can we undo the damage? Is all lost or there is hope? 

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