September 2, 2007


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September 5 is observed as Teacher's day in India to mark the occasion of the birthday of Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan - the second President of India, who was a teacher before he became President.

Every one we meet in our lives can teach us something, but this post is dedicated to the teachers who are teaching in the literal sense of the word. These are men and women who have the great responsibility of preparing our children and youth to meet the challenges of tomorrow. To a young child in school, a teacher's word is greater than all else. The books can be wrong, parents can be wrong, but the teacher is always right.

On teacher's day students get a chance to thank their teachers. Regulars classes are usually suspended, and some of the senior students are entrusted with the task of teaching the junior classes. I think it is a great idea, because it makes the students realize how tough it is to keep a class of about 50 students in line, and then to make their minds ready to accept knowledge. I remember when it was my turn, I chose English as the subject to teach. It was great fun, and I have often wondered, since then, if maybe teaching was what I should have done in life.

Throughout my school and college, I have been fortunate enough to have had some great teachers. What pains me at times is that I was never able to thank them enough, not in words and not in actions. As it is said, the true reward of a teacher is the performance of his students. When the students do well, the teacher knows that he has done a good job. In that regard too, I know I have fell a little short of expectations, but there is still time.

This Sunday, many many years after I have left school and college behind, I still remember all my teachers and thank them for all they did for me. Thanks you Sir's and Mam's, Thank you very much!


Sandy Carlson said...

Great blessing. We are all teachers, true, but the ones who dedicate their lives to consciously doing that are extra special. It's really something to think of a day created in honor of a leader's previous career. I appreciate the perspective and respect doing that requires. I wonder if that would ever happen in the US.

Happy Blog Your Blessings Sunday.

Sue said...

Great post! I have had so many teachers throughout school that have had a positive impact on my life, and sometimes I wonder if they knew how important they really were? ... :)

Whatever said...

A teacher before he was president eh? Must have come in handy --- if he could deal with a class full of kids a bunch of politicians must have been a piece of cake! :-)

Thanks for your comment on my blog during my hiatus.

CyberCelt said...

I am a substitute teacher and I appreciate how tough the job of teachers.

In Texas, they are paid a slave wage and expected to do many things beyond teaching. They work before and after school and on weekends in support of school functions.

Then people complain because they get the summer off.

MsDemmie said...

They are unsung heroes and heroines in this day and age.

Happy BYB Sunday and have a good week.

hotdogman said...

Hey- I'm studying to be a teacher. Nice to know they're appreciated somewhere!

Blue Panther said...

Sandy: Very true!

It is said that a group of his friends and students came to him to seek permission to celebrate his birthday, but he told them that it would be better if the day was celebrated as Teacher's day, for all the teachers across the globe.

Sue: I wonder the same thing, and I feel that they really don't know.

Whatever: LOL, I am sure it must have been easy for him.

Cybercelt: Teachers, especially school teachers, are quite underpaid here in India too.

Msdemmie: They indeed are!

Hotdogman: They sure are. Best wishes for your studies and career as a teacher.

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