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Great nations do not compromise at the low reflections of their characters. They forgive their common lot at their mistakes but do not exempt the teachers. They remain very selective and expect commitment from them. When they place their teacher at the top, their expectations also go manifold.

By Mujeeb Ali Samo

This write up is with reference to certain incidents of harassment and maltreatment of students at the hands of teachers, in their individual capacity, due to which the noble profession of teaching is being maligned.

In case any teacher commits the assault on the student, it exposes the character an individual therefore it is unfair to start cursing the profession. The fact is that an individual is guilty not the profession, but since the offender is unfortunately a teacher, he is mentioned in media by his profession.

We, being a good citizen, always condemn the evildoers, but we must keep in mind that the teaching profession itself is sacred and bears the prime responsibility to educate the students about morality, ethics, and good manners making them good citizens.

The most important quality of a teacher should be that he must have influence on individuals. He is the person who develops visions, creates values, and gives a direction to his students. He presents himself as a role model for his students. In short, we can say the teacher guides his students in a direction in pursuit of a vision, mission or goals.

The history of the whole of mankind shows that only those nations made progress, which made their teacher the pivotal point of their activity and more importantly showered respect upon him. Here are a few examples.

Once, a team of journalists visited Japan to have a close look at the education system. In an institution, they saw an astonishing scene; the students were taking long leaps to pass that way where there was visibly no ditch or gap. On being asked, they told that the shadow of one of their teachers was falling on the ground and the lovers of knowledge did not want to place their foot upon it. Japan is a land where you would find the people reading books at all the public places. Books are their best friends and their teachers are the assets to whom they regard from the core of their hearts. It is their education system and the teacher, which helped them to flourish from the ruins of the Second World War.

Hitler, an otherwise the staunch dictator, had ordered that no teacher should be asked to come in the meetings, which he had to attend, prior to his arrival, so that the teacher may not be made to stand. Such was the sense of respect towards a teacher of the leader of a nation.

If we compare ourselves, it could be said that we have lost our morals and priorities. History teaches us the lesson but we always give deaf ear and negate the past precedents. There is another epitome example for us that how the Chinese empire faced the downfall. When the ancient Chinese decided to live in peace, they made the Great Wall of China. They thought no one could climb it due to its height. During the first 100 years of its existence, the Chinese were invaded thrice. And every time, the hordes of enemy infantry had no need of penetrating or climbing over the wall because each time they bribed the guards and came through the doors. The Chinese built the wall but forgot the character-building of the wall-guards. Thus, the building of human character comes before the building of anything else. That’s what our Students need today. Like one Orientalist said: If you want to destroy the civilization of a nation there are three ways: one – Destroy family structure; second was to destroy education, and the third was to lower their role models and references. The decline is very clear in the fate of the nation. Thus here are the ways – in order to destroy the family undermine the role of mother, so that she feels ashamed of being a housewife; to destroy education you should give no importance to teacher, and lower his place in society so that the students despise him, and to lower the role models you should undermine the scholars, doubt them until no one listens to them or follows them. For when a conscious mother disappears, a dedicated teacher disappears and there’s downfall of role models, who will teach the values to the youngsters?

Have a thought! Is our home also invaded?

Nations do not win stars overnight. They had to pass through a long evolutionary process, which culminates into a culture of love for knowledge and respect for those who are considered to be translators of their high ideals. Among them fall their political leaders, religious demagogues, and teachers. Great nations do not compromise at the low reflections of their characters. They forgive their common lot at their mistakes but do not exempt the teachers. They remain very selective and expect commitment from them. When they place their teacher at the top, their expectations also go manifold. In America, the President comes first, judiciary the second and the teacher falls in third place and the rest of the professions fall behind.

It is crystal clear why they have given such a high status to the teachers – because the role of a teacher is supposed to be the torch-bearer. He shows the right path to his students. The teacher guides his students academically, morally, socially, and emotionally through the world of childhood to adulthood.  A teacher enables his students to discriminate what to say at what time and how to behave under different circumstances differently.

But, the irony of our system is that the teacher is not being given due respect and honor. Our society has not yet realized the importance of the teacher. But, the time has not yet gone out of our reach. The way teachers are serving society, they deserve great respect. If we start respecting our teachers, we soon will touch the heights of success in all aspects of our life.

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Mujeeb Ali Samo is a freelance writer and a lecturer by profession

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