Teachers, change thyself
Durga Gautam/ My Republica
The entire philosophy of teaching has undergone a sea change. It is no more confined to content delivery. A lot more aspects such as role playing, motivating, value instillation and many others are attached to it. The concept of a teacher as authority is gradually failing. Modern education has embraced liberalism in learning. Most of the modern-day teachers have made themselves compatible to these changed contexts but not all. There are some teachers who still stick to the same age-old practice of mechanical teaching.
Times have changed
This is not the case today. Things have changed and yet many teachers don’t think it necessary to change their ways of teaching. They are still into the same outdated mechanical way of teaching.
There are a number of reasons that can be attributed to this status quo attitude. First, teachers think they know everything. They possess all the knowledge of the subject they teach. Some even go as far as to claim that whatever exists in their mind is all that is there to be known. Anything that does not go with what exists in their mind is far from being the truth. They hold that students know nothing, that students come to the classroom with empty minds and the teachers fill them with knowledge. Second, most of these teachers resist change. They work on the limited information available with them. They never question the validity of their own viewpoints. This rigidity blocks their mind and makes them unable to feel the urge to change. From the teaching methodology they adopt to the way they deal with students, they follow ways that have long been obsolete. Third, they are authoritarian, and hardly entertain friendly interactions with students. They think being friendly with students makes it more difficult for them to maintain a distance with them. So, they are often harsh with students. Some even use derogatory terms to address them.For some minor human errors from their students, they resort to scolding or corporal punishments.