As Indians, we are proud of our cultural legacy and recognise our country's leadership in the development of all aspects of life, including science, technology, and medicine, to name a few. Also, we ensure that to protect our cultural heritage, we will not forget our values while getting influenced by the west or adopting their practices.

For example, we Indians still follow our Hindu calendar and practices like fasting and stick to our beliefs to do with our respect for elders and the unconditional love for our parents, spouse, and children.

We respect our rituals and the sentiments of others when it comes to festivals and occasions of joy and bonded togetherness.

Another example is that taking our cues from the past, it is very easy to understand why India had her glory on the Gurukul systems that prevailed. The passion for education and dedication towards touching the life of the child has been core to the ‘Acharyas’ of Gurukul systems.

Role of teachers and their tasks

The role of our teachers is much appreciated for their remarkable contribution to retaining such value systems by society. However, one may also notice a decline in the respect expected recognitions being received for the profession of a teacher being sounded in the modern education setups and scenarios.

Our teachers should be proud to be one. Regaining the lost grounds and faith in the profession is vital here.

It is time and again proved that the teacher who could establish the connection with their mentees by respecting their ability, innocence, and willingness to seek as a learner are the ones who remembered forever.

Gone are the days where the teacher could have enforced their opinion on the 21st-century learner and just expect them to adhere and accede.

The contemporary teaching and learning process endorses the ‘Guru-Shishya’ relationship by establishing equal status as stakeholders to achieve the learning outcome.

Another area of the modern-day teacher’s task to retain the glory is by upgrading their domain specialties by updated information through research and deep learning, thinking and acting spontaneously to the changing need.

Agility for example has become the need of the hour. Updating oneself will automatically lead to the learner looking up to the teacher for inquisitive learning opportunities.

It also means travelling finding time to engage oneself in peer learning, self-paced learning, and travels the extra mile to adopt and adapt to the changing needs and demands of the learners, unlike a 9-5 corporate job.

The teaching-learning process involves patience, practice, and passion from both sides reciprocating each other to cross the milestones consistently and reach the destination.

Teachers are shaping lives. They have to touch the hearts of the students; one has to identify the shortcomings, requirements, and potential of each of their pupils.

One will never forget the one who played a positive role in shaping their lives. It starts with the Teacher first and that too the teachers of K-12.

However, in some cases, teachers take it as a low rung job which gives the message of low respect for the profession. If we look at the education sector in India, rightly or wrongly constant innovation and progression are slow in terms of implementation of the same.

It does not mean a loss of opportunity for the right person with dedication, passion, and resilience. Catering to the diversity in the classroom through implementation of differentiated learning practices and establishing active learning strategies are of prime importance to ensure quality education meeting the global standards of education today.

(This is a slightly modified version of an article originally published in India Today. The original article can be found at https://www.indiatoday.in/education-today/featurephilia/story/why-india-needs-to-bring-back-the-pride-of-being-a-teacher-if-it-wants-to-be-a-global-guru-1865812-2021-10-17 )