“Teachers are beacons of light in idealism. It is only when the light of the teacher shines effulgently that the light among students can shine. The light from the teacher can light several lamps” said my Guru. The teachers are the ones that the students emulate apart from their parents and they are the first point of contact for the students outside of their parents. They are undertaking an important mission of inculcating values into the young minds throughout the world. They must not only teach the subject but also life skills such as discipline, how to realize one’s dreams, attitude towards life, and skills to communicate and build relationships. The teachers must equip themselves with invaluable wisdom, update their knowledge regularly to the changing world and to the children’s needs, and lead an exemplary life. They are not necessarily teaching one subject but building life skills to make these children persons of great character and role models in society. Many of us passionately recall our teachers throughout life. Great accomplishers such as Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and Abraham Lincoln told us about how their teacher/parent taught them life skills that helped them to achieve their goals. In India, many educational institutions are run by religious missions resulting in teaching their religious teachings to the children whereas in the US, the government follows the practice of separating the Church and School in order not to have one religion influence the children. There is one midway between these two systems and i.e. to teach the children about the moral values and how they help them to lead an ideal and purposeful life. We come across many violent crimes committed by children in all countries and lack of moral values is the primary reason for this. Once a person commits a crime and experiences prison, then, it becomes a no point of return for such a person and crime becomes a part of his life even if he likes to go back to normal life. In the US, the prisons are called correctional facilities but rarely anything is done to change the attitude of the inmates unless one makes effort from inside. Some countries have extraordinarily low crime rates and if we notice the reason for such success is the moral fabrics of the citizens of these countries. When the children are taught the value of Right Conduct, Truth, Love and Peace, the violent tendencies slowly disappear in every child. It is not enough if they are taught these values but they must be allowed to experience themselves. Both parents and teachers play a major role in building these moral fabrics. The idea is to build a generation of boys and girls with clean and clear consciousness filled with noble ideals. The actual syllabus should be supported with moral teachings and a right environment where these habits and ideals can grow and fructify. The home too must feel the transformation in child’s behavior. If the environment at home is hostile, then the children tend to see the difference between what they learn and what they experience. The children should be given freedom to think independently but must practice discipline vigorously. When they experience love, the children reflect that love nicely to everyone around them. The classes will present problems of other types, which must be solved with greater discrimination and deeper Love by the teachers. The teachers must meet these problems with a desire to serve the children better and longer; then they will solve themselves easily. While teaching moral values, the teachers must do it with an intent to experience it themselves. The teachers must practice a calm and quiet temper, prepared to meet without a ruffle othe buffetings of the environment. The teachers must work with the parents with a soft heart and discuss the issues faced by them in the class, particularly about the children freely. The more collaboration between the parents and the teachers, the better the environment will be for the children! Both teachers and parents should realize they are rolling out the future citizens of the country into society and that responsibility is their greatest contribution to their country. That is one of the greatest services to the community. A great civilization comes from the ground, not the government.