"I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well." These are the words of Alexander the Great, who set out to conquer the world at a young age. His teacher accompanied him on his expeditions. He owes all his victories and achievements to his teacher, Aristotle.
The role of a teacher in one's life is of paramount importance. A teacher shapes up a person in a holistic manner. It is not only about imparting the knowledge of academics, but about making the student a better human being to face the challenges that the future holds.
Bookish knowledge can be taught by anybody who has the respective knowledge - one need not depend on a teacher for it. But one definitely needs a teacher to learn the lessons of life. A child gets to know the outside world from the insights of a teacher. The way a child looks at the world relies on a teacher.
It might seem easy to essay a teacher but there are so many things involved. A teacher dons different roles in various situations. It might not help when a teacher shouts at an already scared student. So a friendly approach is necessary here. A teacher is a friend here, but a friend with a difference.
There is a fine line between a normal friend and a teacher-friend. A teacher-friend helps a child open up about all the difficulties he faces. He is an ideal person whom a child can look up to when in trouble. A teacher-friend is understanding and is always available, just a call away.
Even with all this, the respect towards such a teacher always remains. Being a friend is very essential in the primary schooling years to help a child face the world boldly.
Children spend most of their childhood as students in schools. The environment of the school is that of a second home and the teacher is a surrogate mother. The child simply imbibes many things from his surroundings. The teacher knows better what suits the child best. The teacher is a guide here.
The needs and capabilities of each child differs to a great extent. A teacher helps the child tread the right path and even comes along to reach the destination. The power of a teacher is tremendous, he can even turn a wayward child to be the brightest of all. A good teacher's guidance makes way for the betterance of a child.
Children are very smart and intelligent these days, especially in this age of the internet, most answers can be found with just a click. But gadgets cannot answer questions regarding the way to live life. Life poses many questions for a person of any age.
Here comes in a teacher who steers clear all the confusions of the mind by giving the best of all answers. To be more precise, a teacher is the one who gives answers that are wise. With decades of experience in hand, a teacher is a philosopher to every student.
Teacher is a person who lays the foundation for the student to build his life on. A teacher is responsible for the development of each and every child who has the potential to be better citizen of the nation.
Hence it is not only a student who finds a friend, guide and philosopher in a teacher but the community as a whole relies on the wisdom of a teacher. Such is the importance of a teacher in a society. Alexander was never wrong in quoting his teacher for his life well lived.