The status and responsibilities of a teacher
“Teaching is more than imparting knowledge, it is inspiring change. Learning is more than absorbing facts; it is acquiring understanding “(William Arthur Ward)
The teaching profession is simply a profession that creates all other professions. Of all the relationships in the world, the most sacred is considered to be that of a teacher and a disciple.
There are many human relationships in the world, some of which are blood relationships and some are spiritual relationships. One of these relationships is the student–teacher relationship. In Islam, the teacher’s status is equal to that of the biological parents’. In fact, a teacher is said to be the second parent of a student. After parents, it is the teacher who teaches us the real meaning of life —how to behave, how to live, how to differentiate between right and wrong etc.
In the importance of the teacher, the beloved Prophet (Pbuh) said that I was sent as a teacher. This shows how high the status of the teacher is that the Holy Prophet (Pbuh) also introduced himself as a teacher. The Holy Prophet (Pbuh) came to this world to give the necessary divine knowledge to all of us. Thus, the beloved Prophet (Pbuh) has primarily the status of a teacher. That is why, teaching is designated as the prophetic profession and teachers are true heirs of prophets.
Parents also play a role of a teacher and the home is considered as the first university of children. Whatever the Children learn from their parents till the age of puberty shapes their future life.
A good teacher should have good qualities. He should have a pure character and a smiling face. He should have a sweet and eloquent speech. He should know his job well by being well-educated and well-spoken. Therefore, if you are a teacher, be a role model for your students.
Be a diligent and passionate teacher; revise and repeat previous lessons ; don’t overburden children with homework, check their performance sympathetically ; don’t scold them and don’t make ‘anger’ and ‘thrashing’ your teaching aids. Take into consideration the feelings, emotions and self-esteem of your students.
Adopt a careful and individualized method of discipline them and avoid corporal punishment under all circumstances. Be aware of children’s psychology and sociology. Help the slow learners separately. Be concerned about supporting underprivileged students. Be interested in their physical and aesthetic development, for, all work no play makes Jack a dull boy. In addition, Pay special attention to the children’s character development. Try to develop their mental and spiritual abilities to the maximum limit possible. use appropriate methods of communication and present yourself as a role model in words, actions, morals and intellect for children.
Teacher and the modern age
The teacher can impart others the same knowledge that he himself has access to. The teaching profession is not an easy task. It requires constant hard work, up to date knowledge, dedication, passion, ethics, humanity, consciousness, spirituality, and calm human behavior.
In the present age, it is necessary to take special care of moral education as well as secular education because without moral principles education is like a fruitless tree. It is like a futile endeavor. Knowledge, which does not lead to moral change and purification of one’s character, is certainly a mental luxury but it is not productive. The main topic among the holy Qur’anic topics is ‘ moral education’. The subject of many verses is the formation of good character and the embodiment of morality.
Thus, 6236 verses in Umm Al-Kitab are related to Positive Values or Negative Values. But in both cases there is moral education. “The ethics of the Prophets and the righteous” is one of the most important topics in the Qur’an.
The concept of knowledge is connected with the concept of morality. Knowledge that is only for the sake of the womb, not for the sake of a high standard of living, is poisonous.
Appreciation and criticism
Often we have read and heard a lot about some government teachers who do not know how to write even ‘ a simple application’. Such teachers are being unfaithful to this great profession by taking huge salaries and big positions. We have also seen some teachers in this epidemic who have been sitting idle at homes for almost three years, and they too are proudly celebrating ‘ Teachers’ Day ‘. They have no qualms of conscience and they are certainly unaware of the status of teaching profession.
We also saw in this Covid-19 such teachers who were performing their duties sincerely. Some teachers joined hands with doctors to defeat the covid-19 and at the same time, they were justifying their monthly salaries by teaching online.
We also saw some honest government teachers who were providing home tuition for free in pandemic. Such teachers are to be admired, respected and honored because they have played a key role in raising the standard of education in government schools. Otherwise, it is an open secret that government teachers send their children to private schools because they know the standard of education in private schools is multiple times better than government schools.
Usually, the results of government school in annual examinations are not commendable due to a number of reasons. One of which is that government teachers spend most of their time and energy in their private institutes [coaching centers] and the same passion dies when they reach government schools.
How we can uplift government schools
It’s an important need of the hour to introduce in-service training courses to equip teachers with modern education so that teachers can acquaint children with modern science and technology.
In order to test the intelligence of the teachers, the teachers should be tested every year like the students are examined annually so that the standard of education remains high in the government schools also and parents can think about enrolling their children in the government schools.
If the government really wants to raise the standard of education in government schools, it should made compulsory for all government teachers to enroll their biological children in government schools.
“To criticize is not finding fault but to exploring the other sides of something and thus is different than to oppose.”
I would like to sum up this write-up with the beautiful words of Scott Hayden said in praise of teachers: ”Teachers have three loves: love of learning, love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two loves together.”