compassionate, tolerant and truthful, we must display these qualities in our daily dealings with them. The relationship that the teacher shares with the student today is more informal and friendly than spiritual. Teaching in todayís classrooms is certainly more challenging. It means identifying the needs and requirements of individual learners, adapting teaching-learning strategies to specific situations and making a constant effort to perfect the art of the ever-evolving character of teaching. Classrooms have become places where both teachers and students learn. Unquestioning acceptance of what the teacher says as gospel does not exist any longer. Teachers today are facilitators who open the door for their students. But changes notwithstanding, the special relationship between the teacher and the taught will continue to thrive in this dynamic environment.
Rita Sen, Principal, DPS Rohini
ďMost of us end up with no more than five or six people who remember us. Teachers have thousands of people who remember them for the rest of their lives.Ē
In todayís world, the role of a teacher has become very debatable in a childís life. How much control should a teacher exercise over a student? Is the emotional well-being of a child also a part of a teacherís job description? Are working parents expecting a teacher to carry the additional responsibility of finding solutions to problems faced by a child even at home? Are all these roles a part of a professional teacherís job description? Well the solution to this very complex problem is quite simple ó though India adopted the Western education system, she never completely gave up her rich tradition of guru-shishya parampara. In this system of education, the focus was not only on imparting knowledge to the students but on developing a relationship between the guru and the disciple. It was considered that this relationship, based on the genuineness of the guru, and the respect, commitment, devotion and obedience of the student, was the best way for subtle or advanced knowledge to be conveyed. In todayís democratic world of education we certainly do not look for obedience but love can build trust, which is a greater virtue. In