Young Rohan an earnest young student friend of mine, telephoned me on Sept 5th which is Teacher's day in India to thank me for teaching him and changing his life, because of my writing and our interactions.
I should have been touched by his sincere greetings but I wasn't.
I asked myself, "If it was not arrogance I felt, then what was it?"
I thanked Rohan for his kind words but clarified that crediting me with his learning was in my opinion unjustified.
He asked me "If this is not teaching then what was it?"
I had no reply but I had many questions. Questions, I had to seek answers to.
Today, October 5th, is World Teacher's day. Introspecting on teaching and learning, I offer the following thoughts.
No doubt there is a lot of teaching and even more testing but it is highly questionable if there is much learning taking place.
Why is it said that? "A student is not a vessel to be filled but a lamp to be lit"
A vessel when filled cannot absorb anything more, in fact it rejects anything that is additional or new.
On the other hand, once lit the lamp illuminates and lights other lamps, continuing to dispel darkness of ignorance. Learning demands more learning as a fuel just like a lamp demands more oil to keep on burning. to illuminate and to light more lamps.
As John Lubbock said about modern teaching, "We strain the memory instead of cultivating the mind."
Once we set off on a voyage of discovery, life becomes an endless adventure.
We will discover many things and experience many relationships, not all of them pleasant but in the end like Rohan we will hopefully discover ourselves.