“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn,” this famous quote by Benjamin Franklin sums up what exactly a teaching does and how important the role of teacher is in one’s life.
Teachers are the foundation of anyone’s life. They are the stepping-stones that molds and nourishes one’s raw talent and potential. It is to honour such remarkable forces of our lives, that Teacher’s Day is celebrated. In fact, it is a tradition followed around the world. Teacher’s Day is is observed in the US in the first week of May while it is celebrated in the UK on October 5.
In India, Teacher’s Day is celebrated every year on September 5, the birth anniversary of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the second president of India. Dr Radhakrishnan believed “teachers should be the best minds in the country”. It is said that when Dr Radhakrishnan became the president, his students and friends urged him to celebrate his birthday. Known for his humble and modest nature, he implored, “Instead of celebrating my birthday, it would be my proud privilege if September 5 is observed as Teachers’ Day.” Since then from 1962, his birthday has been observed as “Teacher’s Day” in the country. India traditionally has another similar day to honour teachers, called the Guru Purnima, which usually falls in July and is based on the lunar calendar.
Even UNESCO observes World Teacher’s Day on October 5, “a day devoted to appreciating, assessing, and improving the educators of the world.” In the 1994, UNESCO proclaimed October 5 to be World Teachers’ Day, to commemorate the significant step taken for teachers on October 5, 1966, “when a special intergovernmental conference convened by UNESCO in Paris adopted the UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers, in cooperation with the ILO.”
A teacher only only imparts knowledge and wisdom but also inspires and encourages students. A teacher is the true source of motivation and guide who help students to follow the right path. A teacher nurtures one’s strength and talent, helping students to fight their fears and weaknesses.
It is the most important day in schools and colleges. On this day, schools usually hold special celebratory activities for teachers, and students usually present a kind of remembrance and tribute for all the hard work their teachers put in all through the year for them, as a show of appreciation.
Here are some quotes by famous personalities about the teaching and the immeasurable contribution of the pedagogy.
Albert Einstein was the legendary physicist whose theories served as the foundation of modern science.
Awarded the Noble Prize for his work in literature, George Bernard Shaw was an Irish playwright and critic.
Anatole France was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 1921. He was a French poet, journalist and novelist.
Aristotle was a Greek philosopher, known for his literary theories that have shaped Western literature.
Mark Van Doren was a renowned novelist, playwright, critic, editor and poet.
Daniel Irvin is an American journalist and a news anchor. He is currently the managing editor of a television magazine.
Known for his inspirational maxims, William Arthur Ward is a writer whose works have been extensively published in the various magazines such as Reader’s Digest and Science of Mind.
Best known for his book, ‘The Prophet’, Kahlil Gibran was a Lebanese-American writer, artist and poet.
Nicholas Charles Sparks is a famous American novelist. He is also a screenwriter and producer.
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