Happy Teacher’s Day!!! From childhood I had learnt that the Teacher’s day falls on 5th September every year, it is later that I found it was Indian Teacher’s day celebrated on that day. Also, that the Teacher’s day is celebrated on different dates in different countries.
But the spirit behind celebrating the Teacher’s day is to appreciate the teachers, honour them for their contributions and remember their principles and values. In India the Teacher’s day is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, one of the most renowned teachers and first vice president of the country since 1962. People remember their teachers on this day and also eminent personalities like Rabindranath Tagore, Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Guru Dronacharaya etc. who produced great disciples. Traditionally India celebrates the festival called ‘Guru Poornima’ ( Guru – teacher, Poornima – Full moon day) to remember the teachers and that started centuries ago.
Countries like Canada, Bulgaria, Bangladesh, Germany, Mauritius, Maldives, Myanmar, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Kuwait, Russia, UAE etc. celebrate Teacher’s day on October 5th, whereas countries like Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Bahrain, Sudan etc. celebrate it on February 28th, China celebrates it on October 16th, UK on May 9th, Spain on November 27th every year. US celebrates Teacher Appreciation week in the first week of May every year.
My father too was a teacher and he has put all his efforts to educate me. He was very particular about scoring good marks. Be it the Chemical structures or the reactions in Chemistry, the Doppler’s effect or the heat and light numerical in Physics, the height and distance, the coordinate geometry, the Trigonometry, everything was just dissolved in water and drank to score good marks. He used to ask me to do literature survey, search in library, refer books and journals, focus on practicals, discuss with the friends but none of these research actions were performed and the exams were taken up by orthodox means of education.
As I grew up, there was only one subject that looked fascinating ad attractive and that was ‘sexology’. The attraction towards this subject was immense and that was felt in almost all the classmates. Here, father’s advice became more pertinent and hence we tried doing literature survey and identified the library to collect the material, we even referred various books and articles available, though the focus was on practicals, the need didn’t arise that early. Discussion with the friends was always the best option explored.
Though it looked natural but I just felt the difference in the attitude by which a student takes up the learning. One type of knowledge awaits our attention whereas we run like mad behind the other type of information. Knowing the very fact that the academics will make us a ‘gentleman’ whereas the other interest will convert us into a ‘Doberman’ we still run for the latter. That is the difference between streamlined quality learning and unorganised petty knowledge. That’s where the mentor, the teacher, the guide matters who can elevate the thought process and attitude to a different level. If the kids are shaped in a quality mould and all their questions and doubts are properly and logically cleared and answered, they will take the studies with similar enthusiasm and curiosity, the way they take up sexology.
Happy Indian Teacher’s Day!!!