“TEACHER – THE MAKER OF A BETTER CITIZENA teacher is the one who produces the perfect man – sound in character, active in mind & strong in body. Each and every student is relied upon the teacher. She must be ideal to the students. She must be a model of good conduct. She should believe in simple living & high thinking. She should love her students like a father & forgive them like a mother.
The new generation students show a tendency to follow blindly others. So the teacher should not make any mistakes. If we have not even a little imagination, if we have no ideal to guide us, we are simply brutes. So must not lower our ideal, neither are we to lose sight of practicality. We must avoid the two extremes. We must try to combine in our life immense idealism with immense practicality. What the world wants is character. The world is in need of those whose life is burning love, selfless. That love will make every word tell like thunderbolt. Bold words & bolder deeds are what we want. The one who fulfills our wants is our teacher.
Hope of future lies in the youth of character – intelligent, dedicating all for the service of others, and obedient – who can sacrifice their lives in working out great ideas & thereby do good to themselves and the country at large. Otherwise boys of the common run are coming in groups & will come. Dullness is written on their faces – their hearts devoid of energy, their bodies feeble & unfit for work, and minds devoid of courage. What work will be done by these? Obedience, readiness & love for the cause – if one has these three, nothing can hold him back. He will be an ideal student. Our motherland wants some strongly built, energetic, serviceable ideal citizens of character. Only an ideal teacher could solve every problem in a child & make him capable to lead the country, make him an ideal citizen.
For fulfilling all these, the most important thing a teacher can do is to inspire her students. The words of Horace Mann gets significance here, “A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil is hammering on cold iron.”