Happy Teachers Day – Guru Utsav

Dr.-Sarvepalli-Radhakrishnan-Celebrating-Teachers-Day-in-IndiaThe tradition that began in1962, of observing TEACHER’S DAY, on September 5, is a good opportunity to reflect on the teachers who have influenced us in any way whatsoever.  A TEACHER , besides teaching us the basics of reading and writing, also imparts valuable values.  TEACHERS bring out in each one of us a feeling of respect.
Of course, not all teachers evoke in us the same kind of feeling.  Some are loved, more than others.  Some are remembered for their method of teaching, for their approachability ——- when we are faced with difficult situations, in the process of learning.  Some are even remembered for their kindness, affability.  Mostly, we remember those who were humane in their interactions.
Paulo Coelho, in his novel, The Witch of Portobello, raises a question, “What is a teacher ?”  He hastens to answer the question himself, ” It isn’t someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires the student to give her best in order to discover what she already know.” “And may I take the liberty to add — What she wants in life.”  This is what another Educator — Henry Adams, means when he says, “A teacher affects eternity; she/he can never tell where her/his influence stops.”
I have jotted down a few Teacher Quotes that I like :-
(1) One looks back, with appreciation to the brilliant teacher, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings.  The curriculum is so much necessary RAW MATERIAL, but WARMTH id the vital element for the GROWING PLANT and for the SOUL OF THE CHILD —- Carl Jung. 
(2) The task of a modern educator is not to cut jungles, but to IRRIGATE DESERTS. —- C. S. Lewis. 
(3) Every child should have a caring adult, in their lives.  And, that’s not always a biological parent or family member. It may be a friend or neighbour.  Oftentimes, it is a teacher.— Joe Manchin. 
(4) A Teacher can change lives with just the right mix of CHALK & CHALLENGES. —- Joyce Meyer. 
(5) It is the supreme art of the Teacher, to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. — Albert Einstein. 
(6) Education is the key to success in life, and Teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students. —–Solomon Ortiz. 
(7) A good Teacher, like a good entertainer, first must hold his audience’s attention, then he can teach his lesson. —John Henrik Clarke. 
(8) I have come to believe that a great Teacher is a great artist, and that there are as few as there are any other great artists.  Teaching might even be the greatest of the Arts, since the medium is the HUMAN & SPIRIT. —- John Steinbeck. 
(9) The dream begins with a Teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called TRUTH. —- Dan Rather. 
(10) If I am walking with 2 other men each of them will serve as my Teacher.  I will pick out the good points of the one and IMITATE THEM, and the bad points of the other and CORRECT THEM IN MYSELF —– Confucius.

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