What is Teacher’s Day and why is it celebrated?
The birth date (5 September 1888) of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. When he became the second President of India, some of his students and friends requested him to allow them to celebrate his birthday, on September 5. He replied, “Instead of celebrating my birthday, it would be my proud privilege if September 5th is observed as Teachers’ Day.” His birthday has since been celebrated as Teachers’ Day in India.
Role of Teacher versus Parent:
Parents are the first teachers in our lives and impart the most important values of life from the day we are born, for learning remains a lifelong process.
However, once we begin attending school, the role of a teacher becomes very important, as a student looks up to the teacher for knowledge, guidance and encouragement.
A teacher understands that the development of every child is equally important and recognizes the responsibility and faith that a parent places on the teacher when a child is sent to school.
The role of a teacher evolves as a student grows up. In primary school, a teacher has to play the role of an alternate parent with great care and understanding, as a child transitions from spending less time at home and more at school, and also begins to learn and interact with other children.
In middle school years, the teacher imparts important academic lessons along with moral and ethical values to students who are at a vulnerable age.
In high school years, the teacher begins to treat students as young adults in preparing them for the next phase of their lives.
Parents always remain as our first and last teachers, but the contribution of especially school teachers in our lives, is also invaluable and something that we must recognize and cherish all our lives.
Teacher’s Day – a perfect setting to recognize your teacher’s contribution:
This is a great day for all students to acknowledge a teacher’s efforts and contribution in molding us into becoming better human beings and citizens through education and knowledge. This is also a day when we as students can pledge to our teachers that their efforts will not go waste and that we shall endeavor to uphold and imbibe all the positive values imparted by them.
A teacher’s greatest reward is when a student emerges as a role model citizen and excels in whichever field that a student chooses to pursue in later life. However, it is on this day that a teacher likes to feel loved, recognized and appreciated by students and therefore, an extra effort by students in making the teacher feel special is always very welcome.