Six year old Johnny was having a huge argument with his father. He could not believe how his father could be so ignorant. He took a deep breath and tried to explain things to his father, once more.
Johnny – “Dad it’s true! I have super powers.”
Dad – “Really? What kind?”
Johnny – “I can go on talking for hours, without a break.”
Dad – “And that makes you a super hero?”
Johnny – “Of course!”
Dad – “Says who?”
Johnny – “MY TEACHER!!!”
That’s all a kid needs, a word from his/her teacher, and it becomes an undeniable truth. Non-debatable. Unwavering. And THAT, my friends, is the UNIVERSAL TRUTH. You cannot really win an argument after, “That’s the truth because my teacher said so.”
And to be honest, don’t we all believe something to be true, just because it was told to us by someone whom we hold in high esteem? Perhaps someone who has been a teacher/mentor/guide to us at some point. It is clear that teachers enjoy great power – the power to shape thoughts! And smart teachers are those who understand and accept this power with the responsibility that comes with it.
Teaching, by definition, is a profession. And like other professions, it needs the right qualifications, experience and attitude to make a good teacher. Having said that, we also need to understand that though we need good professionals to do a job well, teaching is not just a job or a service that needs to be delivered with efficiency, nor is it a mere craft that needs to be mastered. In fact, the more you think about it, the more you realise, that the greatest teachers have an indefinable quality about them.
“Teaching creates all other professions.”
Great teachers leave an indelible impression on their students. If your mind is a palace and you are the king, the distinguished looking gentleman with grey in his temples, a twinkle in his eye, and an engaging smile, is that teacher who urges you to “look beyond what you see”.