As i said in the previous blog that teaching is the best profession to change the world for good…& i keep on saying this to all…& i consider myself just a teacher in all my roles… still, i left teaching career in search of my own academic, philosophic, social & spiritual pursuits.. and my friends and teachers in the academic field persuade me to join the academic world again.. people say that I’m wasting my talent & energy in other fields which do not have any career prospects… I myself feel very much passionate about teaching… and yet, I’m reluctant to work as a full time teacher..
Our one professor used to say that teachers are the most harried people on earth…therefore have mercy on them…when you talk to him, you will discover that he’s as frustrated as anybody in this country…once, i asked him if he was happy with being a professor..he looked at me intently…and said, ‘if I got so-and-so amount, I’d happily leave this bloody professorship’… then he repeated his mantra: teachers are the most harried people on earth…
..and still, he’s one of most privileged professors of this country…who hardly takes more than ten classes in an academic year..just imagine how others in the teaching profession are going through…of course, there are many benefits of a teaching career: social status, career prospects, intellectual exercise…and so on…still, it’s rare to find a happy teacher in this country..and if you are a school teacher, especially if a school teacher in Nepal’s private institutions, you deserve my utmost sympathy…may your soul rest in peace…
Still, I’d the opportunity to know a professor who really seemed to enjoy what he was doing…and i really admired his passion and I still sometimes wish to be like him… and i consider him to be a model teacher of this country…Whenever anyone used to express their frustrations, he used to say, ‘only those who cannot do it, complain like that’..
But, one day, he too left teaching in the government college…when i asked him why he left the opportunity of teaching the disadvantaged lots, he said that he was busy in other pursuits..well, i know that a teacher like him cannot remain idle in any of his roles..if not in this country, they will go to some other country.. still, his departure from a government college has a symbolic meaning…teachers in this country are not getting their due respect..
and if you do not respect good teachers, then don’t complain if they leave you one day…remember, good teachers are not here to please you, they are here to enlighten you… to show you the way… when you do not respect the geniuses and if you feel inferior when someone does his/her job really well, then you should not complain being exploited the mediocre..