"...teachers must be selected
carefully. High academic qualifications do not necessarily
confer on a person the right to become at teacher.
Teachers must possess such qualities as personal integrity,
strength of character, righteousness, a feeling for
social service, unselfishness, an inspiring personality
and leadership ability.
...Because teachers have an extremely important role
to play, their professional standard must be very
high." - P.R.Sarkar
teacher is an adult in a world of children, automatically
a model in a position of authority. Their choices,
values, and behavior directly impact on the growth
of future human beings.
To what degree this is considered "important"
depends on how one defines the purpose of school and
of education itself. Top universities are now looking
for much more than scores, they are looking at the
total person. Here is a small sampling of not so easily
measured criteria that are a part of education:
- Morality and its choices
- Knowledge put into use
- Confidence and the ability to act
- Creativity and Inventiveness in thought, word
- Problem Solving
- Communication and "People" skills
- Open mindedness
- Global thinking: the ability to see different
sides of an issue
- Ability to concentrate and set long term goals
- Contemplation and introspection
- Inquisitive nature, love of learning
- Manners and social graces
- Ability to show some self-restraint, self- discipline,
and be balanced in life
- Healthy habits for mind and body
- High level cognitive thinking
- Listening skills -- Care for the welfare of others
- Care for plants and animals
All this leads back to the fact that children need
good models to build upon. They find these models
in their families and friends, in their teachers,
religious leaders, coaches, heroes, and others. Whether
they want to be or not, teachers are much more than
technicians in the schools we have now. Their non-technical
qualities play an even more prominent role in the
kind of schools we need. They should be held to the
highest personal standards of any job in society.
In NHE schools, a teacher needs to learn to do the
- develop a rapport based on mutual affection
- show respect and engender it in others
- be a role model for a child
- promote a love of learning
- be perceptive and intuitive in discovering a child's
needs and talents
- show kindness, generosity, patience, humility
- inspire their students
Whatever we consider a school or teaching to be,
a child learns by seeing, internalizing and imitating.
As they build themselves, they draw upon these experiences
as their building blocks. A good foundation can be
aided by the example and memory of a special teacher.
Children deserve such teachers.