Manisfestation of Perfection – 2

My readers, co-travellers,

We continue with our thought process about the short comings of our education system and suggest our own solutions as have suggested mine. We have already discussed about Rotte culture and the poor quality of education. We move on to the next.

3/4. Lack of creativity on part of teachers AND Lethargic teachers with no inclination towards teaching

Problems :

1. Some teachers have taken up this career out of compulsion as they have no option left. Just for the sake for filling their stomachs. So their attitude towards education is completing the portion and help students fetch marks. So there is no scope of coming up with creative ideas.

2. Teachers have become predictable and slowly with experience they are turning lethargic. Have had students coming upto me and sharing that our teacher just reads the chapter and does not take pains of explaining. They finish a chapter in a day. Mathematics teachers do a sum or two, some only from solved examples and leave it to the students to solve the others by themselves.

Solution :

1. Let people coming into this field of teaching be the ones who love to teach. Teaching is an art – as my school Vice Principle Mr.Stanley used to say.

2. Also a teacher is someone who is always ready to learn and listen. The most important aspect of teaching is an alert mind and ever listening ear.

3. Let teachers interact with students as guides and mentors. Teach them, show them the path, hold their fingers and walk with them. DONT DRAG them.

4. Teachers need to be open-minded. Take the questions asked seriously and respond to them. Respond to the same question a thousand times.

5. Always keep smiling. Be well prepared. Be humble.

6. Enjoy the whole process as they are guiding the future generation a country and preparing them to be the future leaders

5. No practical approach towards teaching at any level in School :

Problem :

1. The biggest argument against today’s schooling methods. They do not train the kid for his future career. Nor is it oriented towards practicality.

2. Students get projects at such a time when they are busy studying for their exams and parents have to complete the projects.

3. So many subjects to study. A joke doing rounds is “That if there are 10 teachers for 10 subjects, then how am I expected to study all 10 subjects.”

Solution :

1. Let us first understand that school is the foundation towards education. It helps build a base and exposes a student to a variety of subjects. And then leaves it upto the student to decide his/her career and life.

2. After the advent of World Wide Web, let the kids do their projects. Even if it stretches them a bit. A beautiful saying goes thus :
सुखार्थिनः कुतोविद्या नास्ति विद्यार्थिनः सुखम् ।
सुखार्थी वा त्यजेद् विद्यां विद्यार्थी वा त्यजेत् सुखम् ॥

(A student in search of happiness can never learn, and a student who learns cannot yearn for happiness, meaning to educate oneself is a difficult process)

Conclusion :

At the end, I just wanna say that I am no thinker of sorts, but a humble teacher who is learning through this whole process. I have been into this profession for the last 18 years and after observing, studying and researching have come up with my solutions. Again they may vary from individual to individual. And I respect them. But One thing is for sure, that we all are the products of this system, which we often tend to criticise and analyse. And let’s not forget that IT has thought us to think the way we think today.

So

Let’s together tread on this path and make the surroundings around us a better place.

Let’s together experiment. At the same time be open to other’s experimentation too.

Let’s give our kids both, the things they like and they need to be given.

Let’s be humble and respectful of every thought that works towards betterment of the world.

Let us make our world a happy place to live in.
Heal the world
Make it a better place
For you and for me
And the entire human race

– Michael Jackson.

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Author: Ameet Kothari

Am a teacher by profession. A student of History and international politics. Believe that Bhakti (Devotion) and Humanism can only save Humanity. Revere all creation. My thoughts are influenced by His Holiness Pandurang Shashtriji Athavale

28 thoughts on “Manisfestation of Perfection – 2”

  1. How I wish why can’t all professors be like you? 😓

    Teachers nowadays are only teaching students only upto the completion of syllabus.
    Students lack Moral Values & Ethics and they only learn it after their completion of Education.

    I didn’t mean to hurt any teacher’s intention. But this is what actual apparent situation is.

    Glad you talked about it & standing firm for your students, encouraging them and making them understand what actual education is.

    Keep going 🙌
    I feel proud to have such people and professor around me like you 😇

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  2. I have done Bachelors in Elementary education from one of the finest institutes in the country. Yes, as you have pointed out in your article, I never wanted to be a teacher. I did this course because I wanted to study at this college which is quite reputed and because my mother thought that people who are confused in life and not sure what they want to do with life should become a teacher. Anyways, I completed the four-year course and did not regret it a bit. Though I never pursued teaching. Multiple problems plague the teaching profession in India and elsewhere such as mediocrity, lack of any professional knowledge/skill, teacher’s education is too theoretical. You mentioned that teachers should show the path. But do teachers know the way? Have they themselves ever walked the path? I also blame parents and society also for the mess. Do parents want their child to explore other than the routine stuff? They are only fascinated by few professions (though nothing wrong in following those) but really how many parents would want that the child should study high-quality literature, arts or something more fulfilling personally but may not have high value in the job market. As someone said, the teacher is the most powerful person in the classroom, but outside the classroom, the teacher has no say.

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