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Teachers’ Day, the 5th September:

Updated on January 10, 2011
[Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the first Vice-President and the second President of India but above all he was a dedicated teacher, who sacrificed his birthday for the nation as Teachers Day in India].
[Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the first Vice-President and the second President of India but above all he was a dedicated teacher, who sacrificed his birthday for the nation as Teachers Day in India].
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[The celebration of independence day and its flags is also become visible in the celebration of Teachers day]
[The celebration of independence day and its flags is also become visible in the celebration of Teachers day]

Teachers’ Day, the 5th September:

Teachers’ Day in India:

In India teachers were respected since the inspection of teaching when the teachers were called ‘Guru’ and now this term have transformed into ‘Sir’ or ‘Madam’ but the role of teachers has remained the same. Teachers were continued a guiding torch in the society and will remain so in the future too. To-day, the 5th September, the teachers’ day in India, the day is celebrated in different way to express the gratitude towards teachers in India. The observance of the day is a tribute to the dedication and devotion of the teachers all year long just to build up in education a child in India. The teachers are the backbone of the nation as they are acting as foundation for creating responsible citizens and good human beings.

The Origin of Teachers’ Day in India:

It was due the sacrifice and dedication of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the first Vice-President and the second President of India, who was an ardent supporter of mass education and one of the greatest scholars and teachers of all times. Students, friends and teachers asked him for his permission to celebrate his birthday; he was agreed to do so on the condition that the day would be observed as Teachers’ day instead of his birthday, to honor the efforts of teachers across the country, the teachers who had made our life much more knowledgeable and serving as our beacons of light.
Henceforth, India has been celebrating Teachers’ Day on 5th September, since 1962.

The Occasion of Celebration:

The day was observed by the Indians in the schools, in different centers of importance by the performance of lectures, dramas, dance performances, sports, songs and various other programs to entertain their teachers. The specialty of the day is that students of senior classes dress up like teachers and make a show of enjoyment. It was a day of performance to provide for a healthy interaction between teachers and students as well and exchange gifts. Apart from honoring all the teachers, the Indians remember the birthday of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, a philosopher, a teacher par excellence, a great educationist, who contributed the best towards Indian education system, who believed that “teachers should be the best minds in the country”.

 

 

World Teacher’s Day:

The importance of teachers has been recognized by UNESCO because of their contribution in building a child to be a good citizen of the nation and thereby to uplift the community in general. The 5th October is celebrated with great verve and enthusiasm across the world in more than hundred countries as World Teacher’s Day every year since the last 40 years.

However, in different country teacher’s day was celebrated at different dates at the desire of the nation. In Australia, last Friday of October is celebrated as teacher’s day. Thus teacher’s day celebration occurs   - 2nd May at Bhutan, 15th October at Brazil, 5th October at Canada, and 10th September at China and so on. In the United States teachers day is celebrated throughout a week which takes place in the first full week of May. Even in war torn country Afghanistan teacher’s day was observed by the initiative of the west against the normal culture of the Afghanistan. The people of Afghanistan are Muslims and Islam is their religion, the religion does not permit mix gathering of boys and girls, men and women as is happened in the celebration of teacher’s day.

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[Delhi IIT]

Strike and Violence on Teachers’ Day:

The tragic part of the teachers’ day celebration is that in few places of the country across India, the day was marked as the day of protest. The most honored and respected class of teachers of IIT faculty members went on a hunger strike and teachers in Lucknow and Ranchi hit the streets demanding better wages on the last teachers’ day 5th September, 2009.

The violence is also seen in other countries in the teachers’ day. It is found in developed country like Australia, U.K. US. Canada and also in other less develop country like South Africa. In July 2009, in Australia, the education Minister of the state of Queensland said that “the rising levels of violence in schools were "totally unacceptable" and admitted that not enough had been done to combat violent behavior. 55,000 students had been suspended in the state's schools in 2008”. In that year 175 violent attacks against students or staff were recorded. In U.K. Teachers’ union released a survey report that showed a good number of teachers had been faced with physical violence by student. In U.S. the National Center for Education had recognized that “school violence is a serious problem”. It is reported that 5.9% of student carried a weapon (e.g. gun, knife, etc.)

Reasons behind Student Violence:

There are many reasons for student violence. The home environment is thought to be the major contributor to school violence. The long-term exposure to parental alcoholism, domestic violence, physical abuse of the child, child sexual abuse, and exposure to knife and gun violence teaches children that violent activities are the acceptable part of social activity. Besides these the exposure to television violence, violent video games are also to a lesser extent contributing in relation to increased aggressiveness in children, which in turn, in few cases carried over to school. But above all the bond of love between students and teachers like that of children and parents is definitely diminished to some extent in the e-governance world. It requires all out efforts to minimize the abuse.

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      RAMAN 4 years ago

      This is the great day

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      neetu 4 years ago

      Great aa g

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      H P Roychoudhury 5 years ago from Guwahati, India

      Hi Vikash Kumar,

      Yes, you rightly said so.

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      vikash kumar 5 years ago

      the process of making uncivilized human beings ,the most civilized lies over the shoulders of teachers.it is the teacher who leads us from the cave of ignorance to the illuminating world of knowledge.we must not respect only present teachers but also all thoseteachers who contributed in making the world better.

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      H P Roychoudhury 6 years ago from Guwahati, India

      Hi StoryTUS,

      Thank you for reading and looking to the contribution of Indian teachers. I don’t know much what I understand teachers are the backbone of the nation and a teacher finds the pleasure of life in the midst of young children.

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      Barbara 6 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      I wish we honored teachers on a specific day, here in Colorado. The entire country seems to be tearing down their schools and making life harder for teachers rather than honoring their contribution to the future. It is so shortsighted! My daughter is a natural teacher and I couldn't be more proud! Thank you for this hub.

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      H P Roychoudhury 6 years ago from Guwahati, India

      Hi Jamiesweeney,

      I must admire your taste of life in reading a philosophical life of an Indian seating in Philadelphia, the center place of the declaration of Independence of United States.

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      jamiesweeney 6 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      Wonderful and inspiring hub.Thanks for sharing.

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      H P Roychoudhury 6 years ago from Guwahati, India

      Hi Vocalcoach,

      There are great souls in every country. I think if we could know them a little, it would broaden our outlook in the search of humanity.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      This is a great tribute to Indian teachers. I am very pleased to be informed of this celebration. How very wonderful! Thank you, dear friend and God Bless!

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      H P Roychoudhury 7 years ago from Guwahati, India

      Hi Shampa Sadhya, Thanks for reading my article and your comment is more valuable to me as because you being an Indian although you did not mention you as an Indian in India or in abroad. Anyway it makes me proud.

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      Shampa Sadhya 7 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

      Being an Indian I am quite aware of Teacher's day in India but I am extremely happy to be informed about the World Teacher's Day from your hub. Thank You.

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      H P Roychoudhury 7 years ago from Guwahati, India

      Hi Ellena,

      Your comment is always remarkable. Thanks.

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Lovely. Its good you have a Teachers Day. Teachers are like second parents and pay a vital role in kids lives.

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      H P Roychoudhury 7 years ago from Guwahati, India

      Hi Shirley PIsa,

      Thanks for your hearty comment.

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      Shirley Pisa 7 years ago

      Thank you for the information and let me greet the noble educators of India a "belated Happy Teachers Day" to each of them

      Have a nice day to you, H P Roychoudhury

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      H P Roychoudhury 7 years ago from Guwahati, India

      Your comment is always gracious. To days’ Indian teachers is the product of British Rule in India. English is not the language of India but it is the common communicative language among the literate people in India. In the teachings of School, English is a compulsory subject, blessings of British Rule in disguise in India.

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Teachers in the UK have a hard jpb these days

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      Petra Vlah 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      My comment was NOT intended to doubt your information; my surprise is that US will have a week of celebration dedicated to teachers but NO respect for teachers whatsoever - that is what I see all around me.

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      H P Roychoudhury 7 years ago from Guwahati, India

      Hi Sheila, Thanks for reading.

      Hi Petra Vlah, There is nothing to surprise on hearing the week long celebration of teachers’ day in U.S. What I have written here is the collection of information through internet. I have no idea that the information in internet is not correct. Thanks for stopping by and comment.

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      Petra Vlah 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you for a great hub and the very well deserved tribut to teachers. By looking at how well prepered Indian students are I can see the respect that teachers and eductation in general gets in your country.

      I am surprised to hear about a week long celebration in US when we all know the first budget cuts are in teachers salaries; any wonder why our students can't compete with the rest of the world?

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      sheila b. 7 years ago

      As I read your words I remembered some of my teachers.

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      H P Roychoudhury 7 years ago from Guwahati, India

      Thanks for comment.

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      Jaspal Singh 7 years ago from India / Australia

      Great. Very Informative & Useful Article.

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