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Teachers, Ladder & The Kicks

Discussion in 'Snippets of Life (Non-Fiction)' started by Thyagarajan, Sep 4, 2019.

  1. Thyagarajan

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    :hello: TEACHERS, LADDER & THE KICKS :hello:

    India and her students would remember today her teachers of yore and celebration of birth anniversary of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. He was ex vice- president & later second president of India.

    Universities around the world know him as a great statesman, philosopher and who conceived the concept of “World Government”.

    He his remembered on this day the Fifth September since 1962 dedicated to and in veneration to all Indian teachers. It is Guru Purnima. .
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    It is said teachers are reformers, educators and back bone of the nation. The profession has always been considered noble. But is it noble?

    With commercialisation of all aspects of education, the teaching process has gone into a sea of change. In the Internet era, all turned knowledgeable.

    Teachers in the past were strict disciplinarians. They were using stick and carrot policy in the class room. Now teachers can’t be strict with pupils nor they can cane them.

    Touching a pupil would me misunderstood. They have to guard and protect themselves and their job.

    Recently tamilnadu teachers in government schools were to pass a certain exam to qualify to continue in service. A news item in the morniger disclosed out of few lacs of teachers appeared for this teachers qualifying test, few thousands only could get through. This is sorry state of affairs.

    I remember my teachers. Some were kind and soft spoken.
    Some were looking rough and tough. Each teacher had his own style of imparting knowledge in the class room. Some made us participative.

    Some can not tolerate pupils disturbing the class and dealt with students harshly. But overall, all we’re teaching us.

    Some teachers made difficult subjects appear quite simple with examples that stays green in memory.

    Some movies exhibited class rooms for love affairs and projected teachers in poor light.

    There were hilarious scenes thanks to teacher in the class room.
    A thin lanky professor demonstrating Hare’s apparatus and the variation in level of 2 different liquid in both limbs of u tube. Every now and then he was pulling up his trousers as he was mentioning of levels in the tube going up & Down. The class began to laugh. But he took it sportingly and continued with his lecture.

    My teacher with his friend was coming at a distance and behind them my friend was waving hand at me. I returned his wishes but my teacher walking toward me mistook it as if I was wishing him; when teacher wished me i wished him. I then thought it is better to explain to him. But he simply came close to me with a gentle smile patted on my back.

    In the world everyone is a teacher because someone must be learning from him or her at some point of time. From latching to grave every moment some one is teaching the man to whom the world should bow in respect.

    Teachers of present times are engaged in shaping the student in a different mould; to reform to share and to become future leaders.
    Leading celebrities like Padma Sri Sachin Tendulkar, Google Sundar Pichhai have declared that they owe their success to their teachers.

    Teachers are considered like ladder. It’s rungs are used by students to climb to zenith of their career while it remain at the bottom. Truly teachers are in noble profession and they deserve our reverence.

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  2. HariLakhera

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    Dear Thyagarajan,
    We learnt a lot from our teachers not what they taught us as all was prescribed in the syllabus but how they taught us. I have one of my old post on the subject which I will post as I am now motivated to do so.
    We had many teachers with found memories. One of them was expecting Namskar with folded hands every time we crossed ways outside school. If you do from a distance he would say 'you could have sent it by post', if you do it when reach close he would say 'you scared me'. We would try to avoid him.
    I posted one blog 'The incorrigible dropout' where Jitu embarrassed the Principal by prostrating in his feet in a crowded market.
    There are many good and bad memories, mostly good.
     
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    We used to say'Eni, Thoni and Vadyar'-Ladder, boat and and the teacher enable others to cross or climb, being themselves in the same place.

    Every year Sep 5th comes and departs.We scribble something and totally forget about it.
    Shrimat Bhagavatham speaks of 24 teachers including a bird, hunter, wasp and a courtesan among others having influenced the Avadhutha, Dattathreya.A detailed account of what he learnt from each of them has been narrated therein.
    There is no dearth of Gurus in India-many of them self proclaiming.
    The word guru means one who removes darkness.

    Whoever be the Guru, ancient or modern, whatso ever be the number of books we read,we cannot find solutions to all our problems. The same solution may not work to the same problem in a different occasion or different persons.How we apply Guru's teaching to the given situation is the vital aspect .
    Many teachers are versatile in their subjects, but only a few have got the knack of creating a LEARNING ATMOSPHERE by making the students, not only listeners but active participants and absorbers..
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    If we think aloud,learning is an ever lasting process.We are always learners in one form or other.
    1. We learn from our children. They become our teachers.
    2.We learn from our mistakes.Mistakes become masters.
    3.All our anger & agonies,beatings & burnings,challenges & churns,cries and cracks,toils and turmoils,twists & turns make us mellow down & season us a lot.
    4. From good persons we know how to be,and from the so called wicked we know how not to be.
    5. When we listen to music,it soothens our hearts & music becomes our preceptor.
    6.When we hear the mazhalai or babblings of children, we forget the pressing problems. then children become our masters.
    7.The sun,the rain,the mountains ,the rivers & trees- all are teaching the lesson of PAROPAKARA ,without uttering a single word by their mere routine.
    8. The recent incidents of deaths due to rape and suicide resulting out of failure to get a medical seat are indirect teachers creating awareness of social responsibility
    9.Above all,"SILENCE" itself is the greatest GURU-MAUNA GURU.It is meditation in SILENCE that brought into our Bharat so many great thinkers,luminaries & Acharyas whom we revere most.
    The list is endless.
    Let us bow with reverence,not only to human teachers,but also to NATURE and above all to every small bit and piece of experience in our life.
    Let us learn,learn,learn.................and continue to learn for ever.
    jayasala42
     
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  4. Thyagarajan

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    :hello:Thanks for the nice maiden FB on this thread.
    2. If I make a statement that though your regular posts, "consciously or unconsciously you remain always as teachers for all IL'ITES"
    I presume
    fellow ILites would bail me out.

    3. May I request you to re-post here your blogs and jottings
    cited in your FB above for us to learn.
    4. I am all agog.
    Thanks & regards
     
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    :hello:madam sister @jayasala42
    I am delighted to ‘study’ your yet another brilliant comprehensive feedback.

    2. I agree that the learning process for all beings is endless perhaps from cradle to grave. Yes we got to hold all events including Nature & Force Majeure and acts of God in reverence as there is abundance of learning.

    3. Eayni, thoni & vadhiyar reminds me of a joke. A kid being escorted by her mother from school with remainder of chocolate toffee bag stopped on their track when their home priest (வாத்sதியார்) in His bike halted by. The kid said “happy வாத்sதியார் day” and offered toffee to the priest. I was quite delighted with the learning power of kid!

    4. Your para or point Nine - I am reminded of Lord Siva Swaroopam as Dakshina Murthy and a saint sitting in front of him with quest for esoteric knowledge was taught by Lord Only by “Silence”. So Silence also qualify for the post of TEACHER.

    5. If Nation TEACH each “HER” the Nation becomes literate and strong.

    Thanks and Regards.
    God prefers all His kids cease to be ignorant of “3R”s.
     
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    Sir we learn a lot from each other in this forum. So happy teacher's day to you and everyone here who is teaching us something as you have mentioned in your post :)
     
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    Here it is !

    IN MEMORY OF MY TEACHER -TRUST DEFICIT

    Dropping all pretentions of modesty, I may say that I was a bright student and therefore, a favorite of most of the teachers. Shatriji, as our Hindi Teacher was fondly called, had special liking for me. He liked my hand writing, my way of expression and most importantly my being an obedient pupil. In his opinion I could do no wrongs. I did my home work without fail, read in advance the chapter coming for next tutorial in the class and my books and notes were properly kept in neat and clean condition. In his eyes, I was the ideal student. He would give my example in every other class. He knew my father and would always praise me.
    Every day before the Hindi class, it was my duty to collect Home work note books from each student and place them on the table before Shatriji came .On that fateful day, I had somehow missed to do my home work and as such did not bring the note book. All the note books except mine were on the table before Shastriji came. As a routine he called that all student who have not brought their home work to stand up. As a punishment all such students stood on the bench throughout the period. Surprisingly I was the lone student on that day who had not done his home work and stood up. Shashtriji was aghast when he saw me standing.
    There was something in his eyes, perhaps tears, and he asked me the reason. I got scared and lied by saying that I had done my home work but forgot to bring the book. There was little sign of belief on his face. He knew my house was not far off and asked me to go and get it as fast as I could. I just stood there stone faced. I fell short of speaking another lie that there was no body at home for the day but could not gather the courage to do so.
    “So you lied to me?” were his words before his long handed broad palm slap landed on my face. There was another and another and another till my face became chilly read, tears flowing down and head hung in humiliation. He commenced explaining the chapter scheduled for the day. He would read a few lines, explain, look at me and come rushing and slap me again and again. That 40 minutes period seemed eternity. I could not even hear the bell indicating the end of the period and thus ending my ordeal. Shastriji taught us till class eight but I had lost his trust. In fact I had humiliated him.
    I could not fully grasp the implication of my doings but looking back I feel I failed not because I did not do the home work but because I was not worthy of his trust, or at least that is how he must have taken it. I had lied. I could have told him the truth that I did not do the home work rather than lying that I had forgotten the book at home. He would have understood and forgiven me with small punishment of standing on the bench like others.

    It takes ages to gain trust but seconds to lose it.
     
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    What a horrible experience!As a teacher he should have known the psychology of a child that children have a tendency to hide the truth to escape punishment.He had been ego centric on that day.
    jayasala42
     
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    Thank you. You have made a riveting beautiful statement.
    Let me too wish your family, you and your other members of family
    A Happy Teachers’ Day.
     
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    :hello:
    @HariLakhera @jayasala42 @Anusha2917
    The FB about begetting trust after white lies a quote:
    Telling lies is a fault in a boy, an art in a lover, an accomplishment in a bachelor, and second-nature in a married man.

    2. But learning process includes the technique of lying. Any lie would reveal itself in the course of time. It would be of interest to gather such lies that one had uttered and analyse what benefits he or she got from it.

    3. One may have to lie if it serves the social causes and help humanity so said the Tamil Saint or Savant Thiruvalluvar. Diplomats all over the world from time to time supposed to lie better for the sake of his or her motherland. They could say meaning No & vice versa.

    4. If parents lie in front of children, unconsciously the kids are being taught to lie to survive. But in this world no one can claim to be descendent of mythological hero Harichandhira. He taught is how difficult life would be without lies.

    5. Between couple, lying leads to huge misunderstanding, collapse of wedlock, ruin relationship. Men forget their lies and women continue to forgive their lies so familylife goes on even keel!

    Thanks and Regards.
    GOD - In your world too lies are abound!
     

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