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Teachers Day Celebration - Teachers Appreciation Day (2017)
Teacher's Day 2017 Date
In India, Teachers' day is celebrated on the 5th September every year, the birthday of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the 2nd President of India.
What Is Teachers' Day - About Teachers' Day
Teachers' day is a day that is celebrated to appreciate and honor teachers for their contribution to society as well as imparting knowledge, guiding and shaping the minds and careers of students.
Teachers play a major role in influencing and moulding a child's life as children in their formative and impressionable years spend a lot of time at school. Whatever a child learns at this time stays with him all his life.
This day is also celebrated as Teachers' Appreciation day and National Teachers day.
The celebration of this day took roots in the 20th Century. In India, teachers' day is celebrated on the birthday of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the second President of India. who was a thinker, philosopher, academician, diplomat, scholar but above all a teacher.
Dr. S. Radhakrishnan
In 1962, when Dr. Radhakrishnan became the President, he was approached by some of his students and friends who wished to celebrate his birthday.
He told them, "Instead of celebrating my birthday, it would be my proud privilege if 5 September is observed as Teachers' Day."
From that day, his birthday is being celebrated as Teachers' day.
Though teachers' day celebrations are undertaken in almost all countries, the dates are different since this day either celebrates a prominent educator in the country or a milestone achieved in the field of education.
On this day, it is school as usual for children but with a difference. There are no studies, no classes are held and none of the usual activities are carried out.
Instead, there are big preparations for this much awaited day. The celebrations start off with the Teachers' day speech and thanks followed by cultural programmes, some other activities and a feast. Teachers are presented, bouquets, teachers' day cards, gifts, momentos, etc, as a token of gratitude.
Today, it is common to send teachers' day SMS and e greetings to teachers.
Some Teachers' Day Appreciation Ideas
A few interesting ways in which teachers can be appreciated are given below.
- Make them feel important
By way of small personal notes, emails or letters, students can show teachers how highly they are respected, regarded and loved.
- Welcoming them
Try welcoming them with a shower of flower petals. a musical band playing as they come in or by giving them flower bouquets on their arrival.
Present them with some gift items specially made for this occasion like mugs, school bags, t-shirts having the teachers' name printed on them. This will make them very happy.
- Organize a Party
In honor of teachers a small party can be arranged, along with some music, dance and food.
A Few Famous Teachers' Day Quotes
Some teachers' day quotes by famous personalities are :
"The best teacher is one who suggests rather than dogmatizes and inspires his listeners with the wish to teach himself" - Edward Bulwer-Lytton.
"A good teacher is like a candle - it consumes itself to light the way for others" - Anonymous.
"What a teacher is, is more important than what he teaches" - Karl Menninger.
"Good teachers are costly but bad teachers cost more" - Bob Talbert.
"Teaching is not a lost art, the regard for it is a lost tradition" - Jacques Barzun.
"Those who educate children well are more to be honored than parents, for these give only life, those the art of living well" - Aristotle.
A Brief Life Sketch Of Dr. S. Radhkrishnan
Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was born on 5 September 1888. He was born in a poor brahmin family of Tamil Nadu, South India.
Radhakrishnan was awarded scholarships throughout his academic life, He graduated in 1906 with a Master's degree in Philosophy from the Madras Christian college. His choice of study was thrust upon him, as he was passed on philosophy books by his cousin who graduated before him. Providence had automatically decided his academic choice.
Soon thereafter he developed a keen interest in philosophy and went on to write a number of acclaimed books on both Eastern & Western philosophy.
He also wrote many articles for journals like ; The Quest, Journal of Philosophy and International Journal of Ethics.
Some Eminent Positions In Career Held By Dr. S. Radhakrishnan
- 1918 - Selected Professor of Philosophy, University of Mysore.
- 1921 - Professor of Philosophy - University of Calcutta.
- 1926 - Represented University of Calcutta at the Congress of the Universities of the British Empire &
The International Congress of Philosophy at Harvard University.
- 1929 - Invited to deliver the Hibbert Lecture at Harris, Manchester College, Oxford.
- 1931-36 - Vice Chancellor of Andhra University
- 1936 - Named Spalding Professor of Eastern Religions & Ethics at The University of Oxford.
Elected Fellow of All Souls college.
- 1939-1948 - Vice Chancellor of Banares Hindu University.
- 1946-1952 - Represented India at UNESCO.
- 1949-1952 - Ambassador of India to the Soviet Union.
- 1952 - Elected 1st Vice President of India, continued till 1962.
- 1962- 1967 - President of India.
Some Awards Received By Dr. S. Radhakrishnan
- 1931 - Knighted by George V.
- 1938 - Fellow of the British Academy.
- 1954 - Bharat Ratna awarded by the Indian Government.
- 1961 - Peace Prize of the German Book Trade.
- 1963 - Order Of Merit.
- 1975 - Templeton Prize. He donated the entire amount to Oxford University.
Also from 1933 to 1937, he was nominated for the Nobel Prize for literature for 5 consecutive years, though he did not win it.
Some of Dr Radhakrishnan's Famous Sayings
Dr Radhakrisnan authored over a dozen books from 1923 to 1968. Several books have been on Dr. Radhkrishnan himself, by both Indian as well as foreign writers.
His well known commentary on the Upanishads, the Bhagwad Gita & the Brahma sutra, the ancient Hindu religious texts was :
" It is not God that is worshipped but the authority that claims to speak in His name. Sin becomes disobedience to authority not violation of integrity".
Some of his famous quotes are:
"Reading a book gives us the habit of solitary reflection and true enjoyment"
"When we think we learn, we cease to know"
"A literary genius, it is said, resembles all, though no one resembles him"
Dr S. Radhakrishnan died on 17 April 1975.
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