5th September is celebrated with much adoration across the country by students, as Teachers’ Day. A day to honour those who devote their time to teach us every day, do you know how this day came about?
5th September, 1888 marks the birth date of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. A teacher of great accomplishments and one of much greater repute, he was also the first Vice President of independent India who went on to become the second president of the country. His students once went to him asking to celebrate his birthday, to which he said, “Instead of celebrating my birthday, it would be my proud privilege if September 5 is observed as Teachers’ Day”, and that’s how we have Teachers’ Day!
So, on this special day, let us take a look at some of the greatest teachers of all times:
Anne Sullivan: We have all heard of Helen Keller, the little girl with no vision or hearing abilities, who went on to become the first deaf and blind person to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree. Keller, time and again referred to Anne Sullivan, her teacher, who herself had problems with her vision. Sullivan committed the best part of her life in making sure Helen got access to education. With unrelenting patience and unique teaching methods, Sullivan was the teacher for Helen.
John Amos Comenius: Also known as the “father of modern education”, he is the one who suggested that pictures be used in textbooks. Quite the way to change the world of education, right? Imagine how boring textbooks would be without pictures!
Friedrich Froebel: We have all been to pre-schools, right? Well the concept of kindergartens did not even exist, until Froebel suggested it in the 19th century. According to him, kids learn the most between the ages of 1 to 3 and hence preschool education is very important. Hmm, something to think about…
Aristotle: Known as the “Father of Western Philosophy”, he ran his own school in Athens, way back in 335BC. He was interested in and taught about various topics of interest like logic and nature, which has gone a long way today in influencing modern mathematics, biology, politics and even physics. Talk about being versatile!
Savitribai Phule: She was a woman of excellence who set a great example. She was the first female teacher and that too in the first school for girls in India! She faced many obstacles in her lifetime because of her unconventional choices, but she soared to great heights, marking herself as a great teacher.
So, let us take out some time this Teachers’ Day to honour the ones who have helped in teaching some of the most important lessons of life, while we honour the ones who have personally touched our lives…