Teacher must be a change-maker of the highest order!19 November 2022
Wares Ali Khan :
A teacher is a nation builder, a caregiver who caters to intellectual well-being and reshapes the future of the nation. Thus an educator contributes to modifying society in a significant manner. As the world is heading faster to a knowledge-based society, so imparting as well as disseminating knowledge is a task of paramount importance. Teachers found the base-stone of the hope and aspiration of the nation.
Establishing the best practice of ethical neutrality and morality in the teaching profession is indeed a primal issue. No disparity in imparting knowledge for the learners should be visible. Teachers should have the finest merit to educate pupils. To illuminate the psyche of the pupils and ignite the thirst for knowledge in them, a teacher plays the role of a trailblazer. Rendering selflessness, love, and sincere care for the learning fellows altogether should be the topmost priority in the teaching profession.
It is to say that many of the teachers have incidentally become teachers just beyond their teaching interest and that is true. This sort of incidental teaching staff is very detrimental and unwholesome for both quarters engaged in teaching and learning. To become a teacher must be made by choice, not by chance. Otherwise, one may not satisfactorily dispense passion in teaching to a certain degree.
Following the experience and perception of many, to become an excellent teacher is a life-long process of remaining as a self-learner. That means a teacher must have to understand, conceive the topic first and then make the learners' sense clear. A teacher has preferably to be enthusiastic and to have the power of self-censorship. He/she needs to turn to be an actor, mentor, guide, counselor, and of course a leader of the highest order.
Students tend to follow and imitate one who has a charismatic personality in teaching. Henceforth, someone who has such motivational and guiding traits will surely be a successful educator. It is always better to apply the right mechanisms, tactics, and methods in teaching than to have only conceptual ground on what an educator approaches imparting.
The inter-relation and interaction between teachers and their learning disciples is undoubtedly a unique medium that can generate a better backdrop of sharing knowledge spontaneously in a congenial environment. A good soul mentor with a fellow-type healthy relationship can sustain the gateway of knowledge for sure.
There is an immense pleasure of innovation, renovation, and creation in teaching. If anyone prioritizes creativity, he/she might think of being a teacher. A teacher is an impactful motivator to unleash the highest potential of the education fellows. He/she is an iconic figure for transforming tender minds into matured ones. In that aspect, a teacher must have to be regarded as a powerful leader to pave the way for nation-building accomplishments.
Teachers must not consider making money as their prime will. And our society has to earnestly desire to see the teachers as wiser, skilled, smarter and well-off, and the possessors of a developed lifestyle. Otherwise, the true teaching spirit inside them will remain a far cry. To that extent, particularly it requires bringing change in the prevailing societal mentality and psychology. An unconditional moral standard and sound ethical teaching feature will positively change the mindsets of the fresh learners.
But our society, in many instances, inclines to see the teachers as commoners not the charismatic ones in many spheres of life. We have been living in a consumerist fantasy. Of course, money has the power that can ensure the availability of products to utilize. But impartation of knowledge is unlike buying a product. There is no package deal for education. Here if anyone considers education as a commodity, he/she is surely in a fool's paradise.
Teachers have to think of themselves as noble and esteemed in society all the way they live and lead their life. They should possess a sound level of sense of justice and maintain a high nose in socially preferred interactions. In my consideration, teachers need to feel supremacy in the professional domain in respect of their tireless endeavor exerted for the well-being of society and the state. Let the entire teaching community within the country's border be the change agents and game-changers in the variant perspectives of socio-economic changes and developments.
(Mr. Khan is a teaching professional).