I thought I was done saying all I had to say regarding the importance in fact the role of teachers but then, almost a month ago, I realized I barely had scratched the surface.
So welcome to this newest post of Narrating the Dream and here I add another part of a part-tribute, part-observation about the teachers.
Teaching isn’t a child’s play and being brilliant in your subject is no guarantee of being a great teacher. I have seen many people, in reality and in fiction, who were unable to teach despite knowing a lot about the matter. And, it isn’t as if a teacher gets a special guide on how to be one.
Being one of a rowdy class is easy. After all, it’s our protest against the oppressors and we have the classmates. But stand on the other side of the table and you’ll find yourself utterly alone against a crowd of easily excitable strangers who don’t want to do what you want to.
It is a common scene of every class and every teacher faces it daily when entering the class. And it is here we find the true skills emerge.
Does it really matter if the teacher knows only the bare basics but can handle the class in such a way that everyone finds the class interesting? Won’t the students learn a lot more than if just sitting and droning on and on in the class of an expert who cannot connect with them? And is it really that bad if the less knowing teacher, realizing the worth of the class, studies harder to keep them entertained and learns himself as well?
It is easy to grumble at a teacher who is a bore and who would be quite easily forgotten but thinking as that teacher, it is clear that the teacher will see this as a personal failure in reaching out.
This post has gotten so confusing that even I am lost. I guess what I am saying is that no one should blame the teacher (always), because they are trying too. Not everyone can handle a rowdy crowd that offers not even a single helping hand and so the students should cut them some slack. On the other hand, being a teacher doesn’t mean that the subject has to remain uninteresting. It is a teacher’s job to make sure that the students find it relatable to their lives and find it necessary.
What do you think?