1. Rabindranath Tagore: We know him as a Nobel laureate in literature because of whom the name of India shines on the global front. We remember him as a patriot who refused Knighthood from the British Crown and also as the author of our national anthem. Few know him as the path breaker that he was when it comes to teaching in India. He liberated the Indian education system from the tyranny of classrooms. The progressive school he set up at Shantineketan, a tiny suburb of Calcutta had no classrooms. Students were taught under the trees and in the harmony with nature. Children learned what ever they wanted to. Some people called this legendary famous educator crazy and defiled his name. Building this school financially ruined him but today we owe the concept of global classrooms to him. Shantiniketan remains one of the most prestigious universities in India.
2. Henry Louis Vivian Derozio: The curator of the Young Bengal Movement is another very popular teacher we must remember on the occasion of Teacher's Day. Derozio was only 22 when he died and before he reached that age he had ignited the spark of revolution in the next generation. As a professor at the Hindu College in Calcutta in the first half of the 19th century he had a lot to do. He brought the spirit of knowledge and learning into a society rotting under the influence of medieval customs. Most importantly, he taught his students to question. He is respected as the father of the Bengal Renaissance now but he was expelled for preaching improper ideals in his lifetime. This famous educator's contribution to his profession was the camaraderie he developed with his students which was unheard of in those days.
3. Albert Einstein: Another Nobel Laureate who is known for his theory of relativity. But did you know that this crazy genius physicist was also famous as a teacher. At least among his students who don't constitute a meager number, he was the most interesting character in the classroom. Moody and temperamental but also endearing due to his clumsiness he remains cherished in the hearts of his students at Princeton university, USA.
As we celebrate these unconventional but famous teachers who made a difference to the lives of millions due to their out of the box ideas, we should hear it for 'creative genius' in every field.