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A focus on humanizing education


New Delhi: In a communication received from the University Grants Commission (UGC), the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and the Distance Education Council (DEC). Readmore...
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The teacher must remember that every child differs from every other child. He must know that children not only differ in bodily health but also in bodily powers. He should not forget that they have varying degrees of intelligence, abilities and temperaments. He must always remind himself the truth that the home environments of no two kids are the same. Even if the degree of intelligence of two kids may be more or less the same, they will differ widely in certain specific abilities. Even if we assume that two kids are more or less alike in specific abilities, they may have very different opportunities for developing that abilities. The emotional development, stability and moral qualities - all will differ greatly. The teacher's success in establishing a fruitful relationship will rely on his taking stock of them.

The teacher also has to have an in depth knowledge of himself, so that he may analyze his own feelings and behavior to his children. He must have a deep subject knowledge. He should have a knack of how to connect a child and the subject. He should anticipate the probable effects on the child of himself, of his habits and actions, of what he says and does. A thorough knowledge of the effects of these things can help a teacher immensely to use appropriate methods. Besides, a teacher should have a definite philosophy of life. He should possess definite convictions and noble ideals. He should have trust and belief in God and in his fellowmen. He should be a good citizen and be devoted to the service of his nation. He should have a passion for truth and for its propagation.

A good teacher does not draw out; he gives out, and what he gives out is love. And by love I mean approval, or if you like friendliness, good nature. The good teacher not only understands the child; he approves the child. ( A. S. Neil, The problem Teacher, p.11)