Every year, the people of India celebrate September 5 as Teacher’s Day.
Historically, today is the birthday of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the 2nd President of India. But to us, the name is just that, a name. Because we have not experienced him and in today’s speed read days of too much input, very few people can even recall the name if asked.
Nevertheless, the concept of ‘Teacher’s Day’ is a very important one in our lives. In ancient Indian Culture, one day was set aside as ‘Guru Purnima’ where the teacher was honored and felicitated. The construct of Teacher’s Day is very similar, if not the same.
So, what does Teacher’s Day mean for us in this day and age? Today, we are faced with literally an overdose of information on virtually any topic under the sun. Given that ‘Google Madam’ can help us locate this information makes us wonder “Do we need a teacher at all?”
We have seen this question arise right from the time ‘movies’ hit the scene. It was repeated when records were invented, when John Baird invented television. It perked its head up when the cassette player was invented, as also the video cassette recorder, then CDs and then the internet.
But we have never seen teachers vanish off the face of this earth. Indeed, if what we see around us is anything to go by, teachers continue to not only flourish, (like ourselves), but also continue to mushroom round the world.
Why does this happen?
This happens because a student needs somebody who can help her convert the plethora of information that is available everywhere round him into knowledge.
For instance, we always advise youngsters to write tables everyday as a memory aid rather than just recite them. The reason, we recommend writing is that the visual pattern of the numbers side by side triggers a memory that just reciting can never reproduce.
This is the input from teachers that makes all the difference to students the world over.
So, teachers all around the world, CELEBRATE. You have something to be proud of yourselves for!