Teacher is a parent away from the parents.
Today’s Hindu editorial demands better teacher training institutions. The editorial thinks that lack of qualification has led to deterioration in teaching. I don’t agree.
The plain truth is that lack of remuneration has led to the deterioration.
Quality flocks to where the money is. If money is the ultimate value in society.
We are not living in the ancient days of the Gurukala when gurudom was the noblest position in the society. Guru was god. Guru possessed all the knowledge and hence the power.
Today knowledge is not power. Money is power today.
Does India want good teachers? Pay them – that’s the answer. Otherwise, change the system based on economy.
At any rate, who is a good teacher?
Let’s forget the economy and ask that question.
A good teacher is one who has a passion for learning. One who has a passion for learning will keep learning his subject and that passion will automatically flow out to the students. The students will absorb that passion in a process that is similar to what science calls osmosis. Inquisitiveness for and acquisition of knowledge will then become the highest values.
Most teachers I come across are people who lack such passion. The reason is simple. They find that with that passion they cannot look after their families. Money is what runs families today.
Alas, money is what runs religions, hospitals, and the teacher’s car which he/she bought in order to keep up with the Joneses. The teacher cannot live in a personal ideal world.
If the teacher has to be a parent away from the real parents, he/she has to be sustained by the value system of the society, in short. Why doesn’t even the Hindu understand that basic fact?