‘Education is used to promote growth, unity and uniformity, and teachers serve as a common mechanism for the preservation of traditions, their continuity and development of society.’
The teachers thus become agents of change, responsible for guiding students through the process of personal transformation. As pivotal intermediaries between educational authorities, students, their families and communities, teachers play a crucial role in localizing global educational models. As agents of both change and continuity, teachers navigate and respond to the competing pressures of complex school life amid increasingly influential global frames of learning. The complexity of school life resembles an extended family where unspoken understandings dominate and play a crucial role in child’s development; teachers are the unsaid heads of the family.
As education system improves, so does society. As a result, teachers are becoming key actors of change with programmes and projects on global learning. Around the world, teachers are now gaining respect and are looked upon as individuals who can help to bring about positive changes in the lives of people. They are being acknowledged as natural leaders who can give advice on various affairs in the community. They are recognized as socially responsible people capable of securing change in both educational community and society.
Teachers assume the role of ‘vision creators’, give inspiration and a positive outlook on the world to their learners, and encourage them to not only learn but to participate in societal advancements. Teachers undoubtedly have the skills to engage different stakeholders and secure support for a common vision. A teacher plays various roles seamlessly well and leaves perpetual impact on the minds of learners-
- As a learning mediator he communicates effectively, shows respect and provides recognition to his learners at various levels.
- As an interpreter and designer of learning programmes and materials, he designs various learning programs, selects right contexts, and prepares suitable resources for learning.
- As a leader, administrator and manager, he makes decisions at many levels, from managing learning in the classroom, to managing administrative duties efficiently and participating in school decisions.
- As a scholar, researcher and lifelong learner, he strives for ongoing personal, academic, occupational, and professional growth by pursuing reflective study and research in his learning area.
- As an educator, he practices and promotes a sense of respect and responsibility towards others. Thus, promoting democratic values in school and society.
- As a true professional, he supports and responds to the educational and other needs of fellow educators.
- As one of the important stakeholders, he develops supportive relations with parents and other key persons and organizations.
- As an assessor, he understands that assessment is an essential feature of the teaching and learning process hence provides timely feedback to learners and further improves the learning programs.
In every era, teachers have been great contributors to any social, cultural, political, moral changes in a society. They are the ones who have revolutionized the way people live and bring meaningful changes from time to time. Undoubtedly, the teacher not only gives knowledge but is also an inspiration to live. They take nations and societies to progress. They give life, an extraordinary meaning and soul, the ultimate satisfaction. The teacher has the potential to turn an uneducated society into an educated society and uncivilized to a civilized one.
The quote by the great philosopher Aristotle – ‘Those who educate children well are more to be honoured than who produce them; for these only gave them of life, those the art of living well’- very finely sums up the role of a teacher and salutes him as a valiant warrior.