The Teacher of 2012
Is a thorough professional
Who does his job, no matter
If the child has learnt or not
His only interest lies in completing the syllabus
And being paid handsomely for it.
Gone are the days of the guru
Who was an epitome of knowledge and value
Who tirelessly strove to impart
His limitless knowledge to his shishyas
His entire life was one of devotion
To the most noblest of all professions.
Today coaching classes have become sacrosanct
And are temples of worship
Offering solace to thousands of students
Flocking around them for bettering their performance.
The ‘guru’ and the ‘gurukul’ of yore
Are no longer in favor
Once the backbone of our culture
Now they are no longer in the picture
The guru has lost his respect
And the Gurukul is in disrespect.
Who is responsible for this change?
Is it the generation next?
Is it their attitude?
Is it the commercialization of education?
Is it the dilution of our value system?
Or, is it the attitude of the teacher?
These are the questions to be asked
For every teacher of 2012 in existence
Teachers, look into your inner self and search your souls
The answers to these questions will come forth
Teachers of 2012
Arise, awake and take action now
Take a vow on this Teachers Day.
To reverse the trend and gain the reverence
To do everything you can
And ensure that the teaching fraternity
Is respected for eternity