So it is time to present my views on the weekly prompt on #IndiSpire- Can teachers today be called “the untalented leftovers”? Give reasons. #Teachers
Yes, I do agree that when a young person chooses his career, mostly under the guidance of his parents and peers, ‘Teaching’ is not the first priority or in some cases not even the last priority too.
Mostly when parents guide their ward to choose the subjects of study and most of the time in India, it is the dream of the parents about what their child should become. Many times people try to fit their ward into a position which they could not reach.
Doctors, Engineers are the careers that parents want their wards to choose and many a times people opt for banking jobs after studying science subjects.
But life is not only about choosing the job where you can get the heaviest pay packet. And when we talk about a profession like teaching, it is not simply a ‘Career’.
Teachers are the people who attract the young students the maximum. When we ask little children what they would become on growing up, a very good percentage of the answers is ‘Teacher’. As they grow up and acquire practical knowledge, understand the monetary system and network, they get more attracted towards other careers.
I think, we should stop weighing the professions in terms of the earning potential. What I would like to underline here is that teaching is among the professions which affect the society the most. Like doctor can save a life, and there may be some other professions which make a great impact on some people, but teachers shape the future generations, the society, through the young people they teach and these students, in turn might be becoming whatever they can as a professional, but what kind of a human being, a citizen they become, the teachers are those who play a very important role in it, after only the parents I feel.
As far as earning is concerned I think now a days there are opportunities of earning high in many places in teaching profession also, but the sincere people everywhere have to make great sacrifice, since they try to give their best for the benefit of the students. Otherwise like any other profession, in teaching line also, especially in government type services, there are people who are not sincere, they anyhow dispose their job responsibilities. There focus is on earning more and more money, for which they also run ‘tution industry’, force the students to take tution also.
So I would just like to underline that teaching is a noble profession, a line in which people impress their audience by their knowledge and oratory. That is why in politics also, today there are people from teaching and legal fields who have made a great impact. Since those working in private field have no problem, if they get elected they can do politics otherwise continue teaching or practicing law. Some even continue doing that on being in active politics.
Times are changing and today there are people who choose teaching as their career above all other options and also try to become a contributing politicians. Inspiration from great scholars like Late Dr. S. Radhakrishnan Ji and Late A.P.J. Abdul Kalaam Ji have made a great impact on young minds and this profession weighs a lot now.
So I would not like to consider that ‘teachers are untalented leftovers’. Yes like any other profession there are sincere and insincere people in this profession also. It would be great for the society if more and more talented people get attracted towards this profession. I still remember some of my teachers, who made a great impact on my life.
This is my humble submission on the subject.
Thanks for reading.