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September 5th is the birth anniversary of Dr Radhakrishnan, the first Vice President of India and the second President. He was both philosopher and academic. The day provides the occasion to celebrate the teaching profession worldwide, take stock of achievements, and draw attention to the voices of teachers, who are at the heart of efforts to attain the global education target of leaving no one behind.
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly added to the challenges faced by already over-extended education systems throughout the world. Now more than ever, we must work with teachers to protect the right to education and guide it into the unfolding landscape brought about by the pandemic.
But few people realize that teachers are not only those in children's schools. It is a term applied to any discipline that requires an informed and trained person of either sex who has educands in their care and it is the individual's responsibility to pass on knowledge and skills.In the armed forces we have a large well-developed Educational Service which serves to improve the skills and basic education of both young officers and men and women under their care. This is vital for any nation's security and welfare. The Corporate Sector has its HR department where recruits are screened. The Govt has its Bureaucracy. Increasingly there are those who say they are self-taught. Well, you can learn by consulting books and go on-line to enhance both knowledge and skills.
Learning linguistics does not make one a linguist and completing a degree in education does not translate into becoming an educationist overnight. A certain practicality is advocated. No grammar teacher will tell you in lofty tones that as much as 80% of all subjunctives in Latinare expressed in the Indicative Mood in English on the off chance that he or she does not know Latin nor teaches it and Mood is invariably left out of the grammar syllabus.Yet an enquiring mind wants to know, and a brief explanation would put a student in touch with the fact that all languages have a common background, like Sanskrit. This would in turn make people realize the power that language has to unite people. Sanskrit is the mother of most modern languages. The Saxon, Gaelic and Roman Latin came after 1066. NCERT stated clearly in their position paper of 2005 that English in India is a global language. On Teachers day we need to remind ourselves that as professionals we should be constantly aware of language trends.
The need for special educators is increasing as children with learning disabilities are being identified. This truly difficult branch of education needs special mention as these often-forgotten teachers are the ones who address the special needs of those children struggling to make sense of their complex world. Others who do not have access to special educatorsare passive, shuffling from one day to the next, and these children are the ones that need the maximum help.
Education is recession-proof in India considering the country's young demographics. In all crises we need hope. Parag Chandra says that Educational institutions are organizations of hope. For this reason, parents and young kids will continue to patronize these places. That is why such institutions will never become redundant
As teachers it would be gracious to thank our country for giving us this single day to "honour us" and in turn we as teachers are expected to remember that as we are teaching we have to ensure that the students are learning. If we are touching the future then let them see we are a country rich with diverse cultures, costumes, and cuisines, but with a single need for quality education given in a safe and peaceful environment.
Onthis Teacher's Day, I would like to thank all the teachers for going the extra mile during these challenging times. You have a place in our kids’ lives. Whether they’re groaning about doing the work you’ve assigned, anxiously awaiting a phone call from you, or gleefully trying to get your attention during your virtual class meeting, it’s because you matter.
Teachers, parents can’t replace you. You are essential. Take care of yourself. Be well. Try your best. And thank you for being there. I want you to know that you are seen, and you are valued. You may not be listed as essential workers. But you are essential.
Thank you for cultivating powerful relationships with your students and thank you, teachers for guiding our children, especially during tough times.
I am impressed by your ingenuity, your resilience, your passion, and your strength, as we have navigated unprecedented challenges over the past few months.
If ever there was a year to make Teachers’ Day the biggest celebration ever, this is the year. I don’t even know where to begin to say my words of gratitude to our educators, my colleagues, and all teachers across the country. Thank you.
Mrs. Sangeeta Sheel
Headmistress, Middle Section