Among the greatest of all services that can be rendered by men to Almighty God, is the education and
training of children, so that theycan foster by grace in the way of salvation, growing like pearls of divine bounty in the shell of education and will be one day the jewel in the crown of abiding glory.
It needs no description that the teacher is the pivot of any educational system of the younger students. On him rests the failure or the success of the system. If the teachers are well educated and if they are intellectually alive and take keen interest in their job, then only, success is ensured. But, if on the other hand, they lack training in education and if they cannot give their heart to their profession, the system is destined to faHence, the teacher is another vital component of the school.
The teacher is a dynamic force of the school. A school without teacher is just like a body without the soul, a skeleton without flesh and blood, a shadow without substance. There is no greater need for the cause of education today than the need for strong manly men and motherly women as teachers for the young. As social engineers, the teachers can socialize and humanize the young by their humane qualities.
A teacher can never truly teach unless he is still learning himself. A lamp can never light another lamp unless it continues to burn its own flame. The teacher who has come to the end of his subject, who has no living traffic with his knowledge, but merely repeats his lessons to his students can only load their minds. He cannot sharpen them.
The true teacher is he who can immediately come down to the level of the student, transfer his soul to the student’s soul and see through and understand his mind. Such a teacher can really teach and none else.
Teachers who consider their job as a profession, work only for pay cheque. Their work is considered useful for their own sake. Since perchance they have occupied a professional chair, they try for their own good, at the cost of others. But our cultural heritage proves that true teachers are those who consider their job as honourable. Such teachers work with a sense of self-fulfilment and self-realization. Prof. George Herbet Palmer once rightly said, If Harvard does not pay me to teach, I would gladly pay Harvard for the privilege of teaching. This should be the professional value of an Indian teacher. An ideal teacher should not work with pecuniary motives, but with a sense of education and for the cause of education.
I am thankful, not only to the staff, but also to the students and their parents, who have motivated and supported us to establish a tradition of excellence, enriching the ambience .I believe that progress can be made more readily if we follow a definite pattern of life, guided by a sound value system. Good and evil reside side by side in us. But belief in the existence of higher nobility has been an inspiration for man to strive and has been most helpful to hold life together.
Let’s try to be charitable and try to understand and forgive people.
He most lives who thinks the most, feels the noblest, acts the best; and he whose heart beats the quickest lives the longest.
Wishing you a life of experimentation and innovation.