Writing about a teacher and gauging his contributions is certainly a difficult task, which requires a lot of strength and labour
Down the memory lane, I still hear the murmur of words- That I was made to write on my notebook in that classroom; hemmed by the fences faint and pale during my tame and tender days, the days and the notebooks did not remain though, but, the words still jiggle in my ears, with similar sounds and same echo. “A teacher is a Guru, guide and next father.” An eye-catching line of my essay during my school days, which would drive my fancy to anticipate that teachers must be from an alien world- the memories, they push you to nostalgia!
Although, time has changed, and many decades have passed, but the grandiosity of the above essay still makes me feel jittery to compose and compile the contribution of a teacher who with his incomparable efforts tries to shape his wards so that they may turn victorious in the battlefield of their life. Writing about a teacher and gauging his contributions is certainly a difficult task, which requires a lot of strength and labour
Like a blacksmith, who works in the smithy to shapes the iron; the same way does a teacher make and create his disciples with his knowledge, efforts and hard work to inculcate among them the value of their life;its importance and significancefor their upcoming future.
Although, most of educationalists, are of the opinion that teacher’ssemblance can be associated with a potter, therefore, like him, who gives different shapes to clay on his potter-wheel; the same way, does a teacher in the classroom shape and guide his pupil to make them valuable and useful for their nation and society. As often whisperedteachers are nation builders, whocan build thenation solid and strong by imparting right education among their students.
A teacher like an agrarian-man, tills the land, makes it smooth for sowing, and sows seeds in it, which others then reap, crop and enjoy. The teacher like a father nurtures his wards so that they can break an egg and make the best omelette of their life. It’s a teacher, who makes the blooming-budstocomprehend the differences between rightand wrong and imbibes in them; the right values, ethics, morals and sense of respect towards their elders. As it is said, “The habit one learns at tender age lasts long.”
The importance of books and its contents which they study at school remains of utmost importance but one has to acknowledge the fact that books, which they study at school, cannot help them alone. Although, the importance of books are there, but, the prominence of instructor is more important than books; as instructor, actsas a practical being, who according to M.KGandhi, is more effective and operational than theories which they read from books. A teacher has to be a role model for the society and for his students. He has to sieve his acts and deeds thousand times before he would process; as rightly said by Mahatma Ghandi, “A teacher should be a role model; as students imitate their teachers.”
“Sufis, are of the opinion that mere knowledge leads nowhere, for they believe, it’s mandatory to have a guide, which can guide a person towards the veracious path; otherwise, lone knowledge leads to vanity and ignorance. Sufis, are right, because a classic text written by Marlowe has aptly illustrated it, the play called, ‘Dr Faustus’, who is also the protagonist of the play--- a theologian, without a guide, who falls prey to necromancy and sales his soul for trivial and transitory things, which downrightly supportwhat Sufis adhere to. While reading the text meticulously, one gets a clear idea about the importance of a guide in the life of person. Although, it is also a fact that finding a right and honest guide in this era has become a herculean task, as many instances in past have proven that the situation has changed altogether; so,finding a right guide has become next to impossible.
Quoting an article of late Professor Muhudeen Hajin, where Hajini Sahab, is of the opinion that all the teachers cannot angelic in nature, henceforth, all the teachers cannot be weighed in the same scale. But, that does not mean, all the teachers are amoral. There are still countless good teachers in any given society, who with their sheer hard work and dedication leave no stone unturned in rendering their service with utmost honesty, where their 1st and foremost priority remain students, for whom they forget their family and children.
Nonetheless, it is also a bitter factthat most of the teachers are these days after money, and education has been confined to the wall of coaching centres, which are no less than money minting machines, where teachers earn more bucks than the wages that government provides them in the name of salary. But if we figure with our clean and crystal eye; we many find and figurestill teachers who work tirelessly in this epoch; in which money is treated like a demi-god. There are immeasurable teachers left in a society, who teach the students free of cost and do not demand a penny for their instructions. They feel satisfaction and contentment in teaching poor students, who otherwise remain deprived, uneducated and illiterate. I testimony to one among the unstinting and assiduous teachers, who works as a Sr. Assistant Professor at English Department in the Kashmir University at North Campus. He remained my teacher since my school days and has impressed me by his teaching pedagogies and methodologies and through his demeanour. He often tells me, “The real satisfaction is not in mounting a lot of wealth or reaching at the highest level, but, the real satisfaction comes when someone respects you from the depth of his heart.” He further adds, “Being concerned about the poor lot, who reside in your locality, their plight, and extending a helping hand for them, and for their welfare, Brings satisfaction and contentment.” However, we may have few likes of Dr Ameen, but I’m very optimistic that likes of him possess such a verve and vigour that they can become torch bearer for many generations to come. Hope not out!