May I come in, Miss?
May I please use the washroom, Sir?
Can you please explain that again?
But how is that possible?
I have a question…
(And if all of that didn’t succeed…keep your hand raised up till they take notice of your query 🙂 )
After our parents, the next set of people to have been in the firing line of our innocent questions would have definitely been our teachers! In their immense wisdom, guiding us carefully, well aware that there is no telling what answer may impact us or how; our teachers have played an important role in understanding the world around us. Yet, how is it that as the years go by, we end up becoming increasingly critical of the profession? ‘It’s their job’ some say. ‘They very well knew what they were getting into’, quip the others.
Soon becoming closely associated to the world ‘thankless’, why are we being closeted to understand teaching as merely a profession? What about the teacher’s role in our journey of life? Why must it diminish just because the academic term comes to a close? Do you think they would forget a face?
Allow us to take you through the contribution of some of the best teachers at the recently concluded sporting extravaganza of the year i.e. the Olympics, in a bid to re-jig memories of possibly how maybe even the fondest or harshest memory of a teacher brought out the best in you:
Every finished set saw him share words of encouragement. A new strategy put in place while sensing the weakness of the opponent. All their years of intense hard-work, 4 am practice sessions and strict diets, had led up to this moment. The stage was set; the silver was a well deserved win by PV Sindhu hinging onto every word of her mentor Pullela Gopichand. Despite his harsh reputation, his grit and determination to bring out the best in his players has always earned his praise and recognition from them.
Dipa Karmakar saw her own set of challenges, dealing with out-of-date equipment and improper landing mats, yet under the guidance of Bisweshwar Nandi from the tender age of 6, she was able to go down in history as the first ever Indian female gymnast ever to compete in the Olympics. Was Nandi’s role only to extract hours of practice together? Or was he also responsible to build sheer grit and determination to make ease of death defying vaults?
Ishwar Dahiya took a stand against the tide when he stood up for Sakshi Malik during her formative years. Bearing a storm of protests in sport that was supposedly not meant for girls, he was able to pass reigns onto Kuldeep Singh who ensured that they rose to not only qualify, but also win a champions bronze at the Rio Olympics 2016. High upon his shoulders after the final bell, would Sakshi have only been thankful for the medal? What about the years of support that came into making her being, a shining example for young women across the country?
So, what is it that you have learnt from your teachers besides the math, science and language? Can you go back in time and credit them for atleast one good learning that you have today? One that may have not been necessarily been taught within the four walls of the classroom? We wish this teacher’s day, that the new generation of students experience a renewed a sense of gratitude towards all those who played a part in their years of learning to take forward and share with others in the time to come.