THERE IS A TEACHER IN ALL OF US
There is a teacher in all of us. Think of situations where there has been a need or the urge to teach. There are out of classroom situations where the same relationship gets established and knowledge and skills are imparted and inculcated. Most important is the role of parenting for the nature of impact it makes during the formative years of child. It can be and should be complementary or supplementary to the teaching in schools. Other very known roles are that of mentor, trainer, internship resource person, guide, elder siblings, counsellor etc.
Parenting has a humungous component of teaching, skill training, role playing and counselling, all operating simultaneously in a mix, which is conspicuous to that child parent relationship. From the basic skills of hygiene to career selection parents have a critical role to play. It’s a 24/7 laboratory where the control sample has to come out successful in a mercenary world with cut throat competition, human values intact. Parenting is neither taught nor is it learned. The half baked science or art whatever you call it, produces the products it is worthy of. The ideal mix of knowledge, capability to impart, patience, perseverance, role model in practice, full involvement, ownership, responsibility and accountability is not what everybody is made of, is parenting.
Imparting knowledge in a structured manner is the job of the educational system through the teachers. This objectivity of the task can be translated into reality by both the subjectivity and skills. Subjectively is the emotional bond between the teacher and students. Trust is the killer. The connecting bond between the students, teachers and parents. The teachers who make both this happen are loved, appreciated and remembered. Education being tried as professional service will not yield results.
All of us have to play the role of a teacher somewhere or the other on a regular basis. You can think of any number of such scenarios both in professional and personal life. If you are accepted in the role of teacher, it leads to smooth dissemination and seamless communication. The respect such persons have is way beyond where they are positioned and relationship they hold. There is teacher in all of us, exploit it for the benefit of the society.
DEVELOP THE TEACHER IN YOU, IT IS THE ULTIMATE VALUE ADD TO A HUMAN BEING.