‘A Teacher Today’
We have come a long way from the gurukul system of education which required students to imbibe everything form one particular person. The guruhad maximum influence on the growing up period of the child and the guru-shisha relationship bordered on the sacred.
Today there is a paradigm shift, specially in the role of the educator. From being a person who was celebrated in the past for their influence and impact on the academic, social and emotional wellbeing of children, inculcating in them values and character, they have come under public scrutiny.
We have lost the cohesiveness of the past as a people. As a result, a huge chasm exists between members of civil society, media, policy makers, parents and other stakeholders and at the core of all this lies the responsibility of the teacher towards her students.
Life has become extremely competitive. With parenting becoming a huge challenge, creating unrealistic expectations from teachers.
Today, the role of a teacher, in order to adjust to new societal demands and expectations, is being transformed in identity.
The profession like any other has its own challenges but now with various Acts at fore, be it the Right to Education, The Juvenile Justice, the POCSO, the Right to Information, having found their way in school rooms, the role of a teacher has become more complex.
As a result,teachers have become soft targets and are faced with an old world expectation of their role and a new order of duties that they are expected to perform.
Teaching is not just a set of technical skills for imparting knowledge to students. It involves caring for children and being responsible for their development in a complex society.
With the emergence of globalization, a dilution of boundaries, cultural, social, economic and political has taken place, creating both interdependence and insecurity. Teachers have to create an environment whereby our schools become laboratories of learning, compassion, pre-emptive justice, empathetic listening, and a concern for global, national and rural issues.
So how do we create this space if we are constantly under a radar and are being judged negatively.
The increasing distrusthas completely decreased creativity, quality of learning and interpersonal relationships in the classroom. The teacher has become an object of vulnerability and uncertainty.
Where are we going from here… and what have we become!!!
‘An appeal on Teachers’ Day’
Mrs. Ameeta Mulla Wattal
Principal, Springdales School, Pusa Road
4th September, 2018