It has become a fashion now a days, that we associate some days to a particular type of activities, persons may be children, older people, ladies, a kind of relation etc. etc. We ceremoniously give great honour and respect to say ladies, though they might be suffering a lot in life in real, but while talking about them we put them on a high pedestal, call them Durga and what not!

Today we are going to discuss, one such a class of people, who are teacher by profession. In India the birthday of our second president- great scholar and educationist Dr. S. Radhakrishnan Ji is observed as ‘Teacher’s Day’. How great a scholar and master on Indian philosophy Dr. Radhakrishnan was. He remained a teacher all his life, even as the president of India he kept writing books of great relevance for the society. Another indian president- Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalaam Ji, also remained a teacher all his life, kept interacting with children and students till his breathed last.

The story of teachers begins from the Gurus of olden times, in the period of kingdoms, they lived in Ashrams, away from the luxuries of life and their disciples, including princes also had to live with them in simplicity, in these Gurukuls for acquiring knowledge.

I feel that every profession is good and anybody doing his duty with devotion does great service to the society and nation. Some professions like the armed forces- who fight for their country, perform their duty in quite unpleasant circumstances deserve special respect. We can mention many other noble professions like doctors, engineers who do great service for the society.

Generally in any profession there are measures, which indicate the achievements of the person. Like in forces, the officers get different colors and medals on their uniforms for performing duty at different locations and there are bravery awards also. For doctors also there are various measures of recognition, treating some patient with serious condition, performing very complicated operations etc. They get recognition and awards for that. We can mention any number of professions where people get recognition and awards for great achievements.

But what about teachers? Is there any real measure of their achievements! One may talk about the results, but I do not think that getting a good pass percentage in exam is a real measure for the teachers.

Like parents, teachers also have a great role in developing a good or bad human being and a citizen for the society and for the nation. What kind of attitude they could create in the person, what type of values they could pass on to them, matters a lot.

There could be many things that can be discussed in this regard, but I would like to keep it short and to the point. It is said that teachers get less salary compared to various other professions. It is very much true also in case of many private schools, who do the business of education and are mushrooming day by day.

But the basic question here is, who should become a teacher? What should be the basic criteria for becoming a teacher? As far as earning is concerned, there are many areas where teachers get a reasonably good salary and where people want to earn extra they keep taking tuitions in batches, all day round! They treat it like an industry. But can they do justice to the students?

What should be the point of satisfaction for a teacher? No doubt like any other profession, a teacher also deserves to get a good salary. But other than that, what is the most satisfying thing for a good teacher. I remember some teachers who taught me and were very much devoted to their profession. I have seen how happy a good teacher feels when somebody whom he or she had taught acquires a high position in society, be it professionally or doing something great for the society.

In short I would like to sum up, that a teacher has earned great if he plays a positive and successful role in making his students true human beings, successful entrepreneurs, great contributors for the society.

This is my humble submission on the weekly prompt on #IndiSpire – ‘Who should be a teacher? Teachers are the backbone of nation, it is a profession for more altruism rather than earning more money. In present days govt schools are lacking quality education as people has just taken teaching as any other profession. #teachers

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