my career of 26 years, I have had the opportunity to act as a teacher/ facilitator, friend and guide to hundreds of students. Let me tell you the pride I feel every time one of my students who I taught 10 or 20 years ago still remembers to call up and says that I made a difference. For educators like us these communications are more important than all other materialistic achievements in life. The student-teacher bond or guru-shishya relationship is a very special one and there are a million examples of how a teacher can make a very big and positive difference in a student’s life.
Ragini Kaul, Principal,
Maxfort School Rohini
‘Those who educate children well are more to be honoured than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well’ — Aristotle
A student-teacher relationship lies at the core of the process of learning. With the paradigms of education being in a constant state of flux, the dynamics of teacher-student relationship continue to evolve. Traditionally, in the ancient guru-shishya relationship, the guru was revered, feared and was alone responsible for shaping the life of his students. In the present times, the advent of internet and iPads have opened new vistas of learning, which enable students to explore and augment their knowledge of anything under the sun. A teacher today then plays the role of facilitator guiding students in the realms of knowledge as well as a mentor whose teachings lend a definite culture and set of values to students so that they grow up to be good human beings and responsible global citizens. There is a growing awareness and concern in the society regarding the rights of a child. It is imperative for all educators not to infringe upon the same. Indulging in corporal punishment or abuse of any kind would tarnish the bond between the teacher and the taught permanently. On the other hand, it is equally essential for students to respect their teachers and hold them in highest esteem as it is a necessary prerequisite to receive and accept the teachers’ advice