Teachers Day: Some thoughts

September 5th is this Friday. In India we celebrate this as Teachers Day. It is the birth anniversary of Dr. Radhakrishnan, India’s second President and a literary scholar and life long educator. It is in his honor and to celebrate the educators in our lives that we celebrate September 5th every year as teachers day.

Teachers have always held a revered position in the Indian social structure. They have been given the same status as one’s own parents and not without merit.

Indian mythology has tales abound about student-teacher relationships and one is taught about Eklaviya who gave away his thumb because his teacher asked for it.

In today’s day and age it would be a little difficult to image one doing that. However the ethos behind the tale is the real story.

Sadly in today’s fast paced world, the value of teachers and what they do is fast losing importance.

Teaching is a profession, and as in all professions, some do it merely as that, and some do it with a passion, that changes the lives of the children and teenagers who come into contact with such teachers.

 

If you ever have come across one teacher in all your student life, who has changed your life and your way of thinking for the better, you have been blessed. Thankfully I have had several such opportunities. Right from pre-primary school right up to architecture college, and then graduate school, I have benefited from teachers who have gone beyond their call of duty, to mould me and my fellow students into better human beings, first and foremost, and then to instill in us a sense of purpose for life, that at a young age seems all too ambiguous.

These teachers went above the regular lectures, exams, viva’s and juries, and made me realize that education is something much more than what is contained in the printed text book.

I consider education to be one of the nobler professions, akin to medicine. Teachers who spend their lives teaching kids, do more than just teach. They help mould the future of our communities, cities and countries.

I shall forever be thankful to all those wonderful teachers, who have enriched my life. To name a few would not be fair, because there are too many to name. And this is a day about all the teachers who have worked silently, under great stress and pressure to produce responsible and capable citizens of this world.

So in your busy schedule this Friday morning, I urge you to take 10 minutes and email, call or write to teachers who have made a difference in your lives. Do it, they deserve it.

Some parts of this post are from my earlier post on this topic in 2005

35 Comments

  1. lhhhkh September 4, 2008

    good one

  2. atul September 4, 2008

    hello friend as you know that tomorrow is the most important day in our education life because tomorrow is teachers day of our lovely and great teacher because teachers are our God !!
    Thye play very important role in our education life and our future in our character and also in such manner which can not be say .
    we should respect our teachers and we must obey them !!.
    i love my teacher !!

  3. swathy September 4, 2008

    Gud post..I liked it…I too love my teachres very much…

  4. Priya September 5, 2008

    Hi Everyone!!!
    I wish all the teachers whoever seeing this message !!
    Happy Teachers Day!!!
    I love my School and College Teachers!!!

    Thanks wadias!!!!!

  5. Sphurthy September 5, 2008

    Nice Article on this topic.

    More thoughts on Teachers Day

  6. sachin September 5, 2008

    i wish all teacher who involved in creating beautiful & talented india
    “Teachers who inspire know that teaching is like cultivating a garden, and those who would have nothing to do with thorns must never attempt to gather flowers.”
    salutes to all teeacher

  7. phaniharsha September 5, 2008

    teacher , is one who moulds our life. the gap between our pointedfinger and thumb is very little and can be reduced whenwe catch apen which is because of ateacher who teaches us.

  8. JOT September 14, 2008

    TEACHER’S ARE LIKE CANDLE’S ,WHICH GIVE’S A LIGHT TO THE STUDENT’S SO THAT THEY CAN HAVE A SHINING AND BRIGHT FUTURE.

  9. JOTU September 14, 2008

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY S. RADHAKRISHNAN JI

  10. shraddha August 15, 2010

    this is all 4 d teachers who r changing life of hundred of students and building
    a future builder in every child……………………….thank u…….. for always being
    there 4 we all…………………….

  11. afra August 29, 2010

    teachers are like potters who mold us like clay.they are like guiding stars at night

  12. Aqsa Qasmi September 4, 2010

    The biggest post in the world is Teachers’ Post because All of us, even, Prime Minister or President also stand respectfully in front of them.

  13. anmol agarwal September 5, 2010

    i wish here all the teachers a vry vry happy techrs day… 2 make us so,,,,,, responsible 4 ourself… thank ….uu

  14. Manju. L September 5, 2010

    I wish all the teacher’s of this country a very happy teacher’s day

    Speacial thanks to few of my best teachers such as……
    Marry Miss, Malini Miss, Dolly Jame, Kamlarani Miss, Sujata Miss.

  15. aditi prasanna August 26, 2011

    happy teacher’s day to all my teachers

  16. prashant khare August 26, 2011

    i like this post much bcoz, i like my teachers 4m childhood and i wish a very-very happy teacher’s day

  17. thulasi August 30, 2011

    i thanks to all my teachers .they are the big part inmy studies because those only i became good in my studies

  18. shubham negi August 31, 2011

    I WISH ALL THE TEACHERS HAPPY TEACHERS DAY.MAY DEY CONTINUE THEIR WORK WID PROSPERITY AND HONESTY SO THAT THEY CAN MAKE AS MANY AS CHILDRENS EDUCATE AND LITERATE.

  19. ria September 2, 2011

    hey!its very inspirable for the students i thank u 4 inspiring us with such a nice article
    RIA

  20. nancy September 3, 2011

    i think we shud value our teachers as they play an important role in our lyfs.. just want 2 say 2 da teachers all over da world…’we luv u’

  21. Md Faiz Ahmad September 4, 2011

    wish u all a happy teahers day. it is a day of human builder only a good teacher make a good human being, a good nationa anf off-course a good world but to be a good teacher is one of the difficult task on this earth, it needs full determinition, commitment, devotion and sacrifice and unfortunately we are lacking these in present time though we have great pasr so it is a day to take oath that we all will try to perform our service as a passion not profession because this is a pious work.

  22. Samriti September 4, 2011

    FIRST OF ALL I WISH ALL MY TEACHERS A VERY VERY HAPPY TEACHER DAY TODAY I AM VERY HAPPY AND ALSO LITLE SAD BECAUSE I MISS ALL MY TEACHER WHO SUPPORTED ME VERY MUCH IN ALL MY ACTIVITES WHICH I DONE WRONG THEY ALL ENCOURAGING ME TO DO BEST.

  23. JK Mshra September 4, 2011

    Teacher’s are like sun who always throw their light through which moon(childrens and students) & other stars keep shining on the horizon of knowledge.

  24. JK Mshra September 4, 2011

    Teacher’s are like sun who always throw their light through which moon(childrens and students) & other stars keep shining on the horizon of knowledge & innovation.

  25. JK Mishra September 4, 2011

    Teacher’s are like sun who always throw their light through which moon(childrens and students) & other stars keep shining on the horizon of knowledge & innovation.

    hats off to untiring teachers

  26. zeani September 4, 2011

    happt teachers day to all of uuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

  27. L D JOSHI September 4, 2011

    THANKS TEACHER YOU MAKE LOT OF DIFFERENCE.
    YOU GIVE ME DREAMS & GENRATE THE POWER TO FULFILL THEM.

  28. L D JOSHI September 4, 2011

    RACE IS NOT OVER

  29. manika sharma September 4, 2011

    Good wishes to all the teachers.
    Iam proud to be a teacher,and all should feel this strength,let us be strong in thoughts,updated and help India grow.
    Good regards to all of you

  30. Sushil paul September 5, 2011

    Happy teacher’s day to all my teachers
    |I thanks to all my teachers .they are the big part in my studies because those only i became good in my studies

  31. SONIYA September 5, 2011

    you are someone who has give me a good example , of firmness and zeal to follow one’s goal ,no matter how tiring or rough the road / you are truly INSPRING DEAR TEACHER

  32. hemaanchana September 5, 2011

    on this great occassion i thank all the teachers who have did great deeds a happy day.

  33. Heera September 5, 2011

    Hi all it is a nice start. at least we should be thankfull for the persons who r respsonsible for making us. I love all my teachers & am greatful to them.Thanks is a very small word. But today it was very shocking for me to listen to the FM radio stations.they were talking about the teachers not as path makers but as glam dolls, who r inthe school not to teach but to show their beuty to the students. these RJs r spoiling minds of youngsters. It should be stopped. this is shameful as they were invitin people to share their first crush on the teacher.
    SHAME SHAME FOR THESE POLUTED MINDS

  34. Mrinalani September 5, 2011

    hi, frnds as u al know that today is a teacher’s day so it’s our duty to thanx our teachers who have helped us in every part of life.I shall always be thankful 2 my all techers who have helped me. To name a few would not be fair,b’coz there too many 2 name.I’ll finally say that respect ur teacher’s as they ur second parent.
    …………LOVE TOWARDS EDUCATION IS luv 2wards ur future
    …………LOVE TOWARDS UR PARENT IS luv 2wards ur teacher

  35. junaid October 22, 2011

    teacher is like parents happy teacher day
    thankxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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