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Teaching: The Noble Profession of All

“A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way of others”                   – Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

            Imagine a country where teacher : students ratio is tending towards 1 : 500, a country where the students will be waiting for the teacher to come from other lecture as the number of faculties are less or a class in which there are hundreds of students and just one professor (which is logically also not possible). The quality of education in this country is guaranteed to decline. India is tending towards this stage. Once upon a time, India was a nation where teachers were respected as much as god. The relationship between a teacher and his student was considered very holy, and if we were to look into our holy texts such as the Vedas, we would learn of the high pedestal at which a teacher was placed in the society. So, how did India, as a country, end up at such a stage where teaching as a profession lost all its respect? How did it reach a stage wherein most of the people in this country, who are taking up teaching as a profession, do so out of their inability and helplessness in finding another suitable job? Why do we not see people wanting to be teacher’s like they want to be engineers and doctors? Two of the many reasons that will answer these questions about teacher shortage are Job Satisfaction and Salary Issues. Although this problem is very important and is difficult to tackle, there are methods which when implemented can bring difference in the system.

When one makes a decision about the work he will do in life, it is important that the decision be based on criteria that reflect his personal values, temperaments, experiences, and skills. Choosing teaching as a career is not an easy decision; rather, it should be the culmination of a process of reflection about what one wants to do with his life and his education. One should choose teaching as a career because I believe that education is perhaps the most important function performed in our culture, or for that matter, any culture. I believe that teachers individually and collectively can not only change the world, but improve it, and in the process find personal and professional renewal. Everyone should try and become a part of this noble profession, and someday to be counted among those in whom future preservice teachers found inspiration. There are many reasons why one should become a teacher. Firstly, it helps in building relationships.  Learning well means having trust and respect toward one another as student and teacher.  Teachers always love getting to know their students, learning their talents, celebrating their successes and watching them blossom. Secondly, teacher could make a difference in a student’s career. Teacher always wants to be a positive influence in the student’s life in both the classroom and in the real world. They are always there to support them academically, in their extra -curricular activities, and in the social drama that we call “college” or “university”, teachers teach to make an impact and open up the student’s eyes to all the possibilities that are out there.

Another reason to pursue teaching as a career is the happiness and satisfaction teaching gives. I believe that the circumstances you’re born into shouldn’t dictate your chances for success, I believe that there is nothing more personally or professionally fulfilling than when the product of your work is a student’s academic or social growth. The happiness, that the moment gives when a student independently applies something you taught him months ago in a new context, and you know that they are forever changed because of your work, makes teaching a career to be considered. Finally, teaching is challenging. It is a challenging, creative, and meaningful way to help students see their own potential and to imagine possibilities they might otherwise not imagine and that’s how the teachers have a profound impact on the students life. It is a challenge in a way that you have to teach content, skills or ideas in ways that allows student succeed, anything that helps students engage and think about what they were learning in a new way.

Two of the many reasons of teacher shortage is Job satisfaction and Salary problems with the teachers. Job satisfaction includes flexibility, security and independence enjoyed. Teachers are feeling that they are taken for granted when it comes to decision making for the institute and their opinion has the least say among all the voices. To solve this, authorities should arrange regular formal meetings with the teachers to consider their suggestions also try to value it. Though there are steps that can be taken to demolish this problem, Indians cannot deny the fact that they are risking their future by not helping teachers and not giving them the respect they should get.

While doing all this research on the topic, I found some unexpected scenarios in India and the notion of teacher shortage is more severe than I thought. I found that there are many reasons and some important once are job satisfaction and salary issues. I also found about some ways to tackle the problem and I think that if they are tried and implemented, they will give affirmative results. To conclude, I gained a lot of knowledge on my research topic of teacher shortage in India. Many of the professionals and government officials think that this is a topic of concern. They are constantly meeting to discuss strategies to tackle this. Teacher shortage is a major challenge that India is facing and if not reported and not taken care of, India can fall behind the learning curve.  It is worth recalling the words of Lee Iacocca, former CEO of Chrysler, who had said, “In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less, because passing civilization along from one generation to the next ought to be the highest honor and the highest responsibility anyone could have.”

 

 

References

Dhawan, A. (2014, February 07). Restoring dignity to the teaching profession in India. Retrieved from http://www.ideasforindia.in/article.aspx?article_id=226

Kingdon, G. G., Rao, V. S. (2010, March 20). Para-Teachers in India: Status and Impact. Economic & Political Weekly, Vol. 45 No. 12, p. 59 – 69. Doi: 10.1.1.469.6135

Raj, T., Lalita (2013, September 09). Job Satisfaction among Teachers of Private and Government School: A Comparative Analysis. International Journal of Social Science & Interdisciplinary Research, Vol. 2. Retrieved from http://ww

Why not Teaching as a career in India?

“Guru Brahma, Guru Vishnu, Guru Devo Maheshwara,

Guru Sakshat, param Brahma, tasmai shri guravay namah”

 

The slogan mean that “Guru (Teacher) is Brahma, Guru is Vishnu, Guru is Maheshwara (Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara are gods in Hindu religion). Guru is verily the para-brahma (Supreme Saint); Salutations to that Guru.

India was a nation where teaching as a profession was deeply revered in ancient times. The relationship between a guru (teacher) and his shisya (student) was considered very holy, and if we were to look into our holy texts such as the Vedas, we would learn of the high pedestal at which a guru was placed in the society. So, how did India, as a country, end up at such a stage where teaching as a profession lost all its respect? How did it reach a stage wherein most of the people in this country, who are taking up teaching as a profession, do so out of their inability and helplessness in finding another suitable job? Why do we not see people wanting to be teacher’s like they want to be engineers and doctors? Two of the many reasons that will these questions about teacher shortage are Job Satisfaction and Salary Issues. Although this problem is very important and is difficult to tackle, there are methods which when implemented can bring difference in the system.

In “Job Satisfaction among Teachers of Private and Government School: A Comparative Analysis”, Raj and Lalita (2013) reports about one of the reasons why teaching is not favorite amongst career choices. They discuss in their paper that one of the most common reason is that teachers are not satisfied by their jobs. Job satisfaction includes flexibility, security and independence enjoyed. Their research shows that “satisfaction among both government and private institute teachers is low regarding opinion counts in the organization” (p. 157). This means that teachers are feeling that they are taken for granted when it comes to decision making for the institute and their opinion has the least say among all the voices. To solve this, authorities should arrange regular formal meetings with the teachers to consider their suggestions also try to value it. They also state thatboth private and government institute teachers show low satisfaction level regarding the factor opportunity for career development” (p. 157). It can be concluded from this statement that teachers are not satisfied with the exposure they are getting. They want to gain more knowledge from teacher training programs and research work. So, for increasing the satisfaction level for teachers in this regard, authorities should try to provide opportunity for the career development to the teachers in this connection.

Similar to the previous article, which discusses Job satisfaction as one of the reasons for decrease in number of teachers in India, the following article talks about para-teachers and how this concept helping in tackling the problem of teacher shortage. In “Para-teachers in India: Status and Impact”, Kingdon and Rao (2010) discusses about who para-teachers are and how they are trying to tackle the problem of teacher shortage. Para-teachers are contract teachers who agrees to work for a specific tenure with some other conditions. Many states in India have started implementing this method of hiring para-teachers which indeed is solving the problem of cardinality of the teachers. But it has its own down sides. The research paper argues that para-teachers’ lower qualifications and lack of professional training begets poor quality teaching. The wages paid to regular and para-teachers differ across the states. Also the nature of their hiring, salaries, training and qualification requirements differ across states (p. 61 – 63). Until the concept of para-teachers becomes common across the country, it won’t have a large impact.

While the first two articles concentrated on two of the many reasons for teacher shortage, the last articles focusses on the ways that can be used to restore the dignity of teaching profession in India. Dhawan (2014) in his research paper, “Restoring dignity to the teaching profession in India” offers some ways to tackle the problem. He proposed some ideas to attract more people towards teaching career. Firstly, we should have campaigns to give teaching its due place. By doing campaigns, we can promote this noble profession and give idea about what to expect in this profession. The analysis argues that it is possible to engage high-caliber college graduates in two-year teaching stints in low-income schools. Secondly, we need to restructure teacher education institute capacity. We need to have some basics ground for every teacher at every stage i.e. what competencies we want in a beginning teacher and an experienced teacher at different level of experience. We need to monitor how teachers are performing in their training programs and what to expect from them and what not. Thirdly, we should introduce practice-oriented teacher preparation programs i.e. teachers should have a form of apprenticeship. New teachers enters the profession with only theoretical knowledge and no practical knowledge. Another idea was to create a professional environment by creating networks like study groups and ‘subject teacher forums’ can aid in enhancing the professional development of teachers. Finally, we can promote rewards, recognition and career progression. Teachers should be rewarded based on their performance and caliber and not on the basis on experience and seniority. Giving accolades to teachers will boost their confidence and compel them to work harder and better.

All the three articles agree that teacher shortage is a major challenge that India is facing and if not reported and not taken care of, India can fall behind the learning curve. Two of the many reasons of teacher shortage is Job satisfaction and Salary problems with the teachers. Though there are steps that can be taken to demolish this problem, Indians cannot deny the fact that they are risking their future by not helping teachers and not giving them the respect they should get. To conclude, it is worth recalling the words of Lee Iacocca, former CEO of Chrysler, who had said, “In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less, because passing civilization along from one generation to the next ought to be the highest honor and the highest responsibility anyone could have.

 

References

Dhawan, A. (2014, February 07). Restoring dignity to the teaching profession in India. Retrieved from http://www.ideasforindia.in/article.aspx?article_id=226

Kingdon, G. G., Rao, V. S. (2010, March 20). Para-Teachers in India: Status and Impact. Economic & Political Weekly, Vol. 45 No. 12, p. 59 – 69. Doi: 10.1.1.469.6135

Raj, T., Lalita (2013, September 09). Job Satisfaction Among Teachers Of Private And Government School: A Comparative Analysis. International Journal of Social Science & Interdisciplinary Research, Vol. 2. Retrieved from http://www.indianresearchjournals.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Really Scary Roller Coasters !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Something really shocking !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Amusement parks in terms of attendance

Worldwide

This section list the top 25 largest amusement parks worldwide in order of annual attendance.

Rank Amusement park Location 2008 2009
1 Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA 17,063,000 17,233,000
2 Disneyland at Disneyland Resort Anaheim, California, USA 14,721,000 15,900,000
3 Tokyo Disneyland Tokyo, Japan 14,293,000 13,646,000
4 Disneyland Park at Disneyland Paris Marne-la-Vallée, France 12,688,000 12,740,000
5 Tokyo DisneySea Tokyo, Japan 12,498,000 12,004,000
6 Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA 10,935,000 10,990,000
7 Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA 9,608,000 9,700,000
8 Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA 9,540,000 9,590,000
9 Universal Studios Japan Osaka, Japan 8,300,000 8,000,000
10 Everland Yongin, Gyeonggi-Do, South Korea 6,600,000 6,169,000
11 Disney’s California Adventure at Disneyland Resort Anaheim, California, USA 5,566,000 6,095,000
12 SeaWorld Orlando Orlando, Florida, USA 5,926,000 5,800,000
13 Universal Studios Florida at Universal Orlando Resort Orlando, Florida, USA 6,231,000 5,530,000
14 Ocean Park Hong Kong Hong Kong, China 5,030,000 4,800,000
15 Nagashima Spa Land Kuwana, Japan 3,734,000 4,700,000
16 Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando Resort Orlando, Florida, USA 5,297,000 4,627,000
17 Hong Kong Disneyland Hong Kong, China 4,500,000 4,600,000
18 Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise Yokohama, Japan 4,555,000 4,500,000
19 Universal Studios Hollywood Universal City, California, USA 4,583,000 4,308,000
20 Lotte World Seoul, South Korea 4,236,000 4,261,000
21 Europa-Park Rust, Germany 4,000,000 4,250,000
22 SeaWorld San Diego San Diego, California, USA 4,174,000 4,200,000
23 Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Tampa, Florida, USA 4,410,000 4,100,000
24 Efteling Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands 3,200,000 4,000,000
25 Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen, Denmark 3,972,000 3,870,000

Sachin Tendulkar : The God

God with World Cup

Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar born on 24 April 1973 is known by many names like Little Master ,  Tendlya,  The God of Cricket,  Master Blaster,  The Master,  The Little Champion.  Not very tall with height of 5 ft 5 in ( 1.65 m ) but no one could,can,will reach the standard of cricket he has created in the history of cricket.

Sachin Tendulkar is an Indian cricketer widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket. He is the leading run-scorer and century maker in Test and one-day international cricket. He is the only male player to score a double century in the history of ODIcricket. In 2002, just 12 years into his career, Wisden ranked him the second greatest Test batsman of all time, behind Donald Bradman, and the second greatest one-day-international (ODI) batsman of all time, behind Viv Richards.In September 2007, the Australian leg spinner Shane Warne rated Tendulkar as the greatest player he has played with or against.Tendulkar was an integral part of the 2011 Cricket World Cup winning Indian team at the later part of his career, his first such win in six World Cup appearances                                                                                                        with India.

Tendulkar is the first and the only player in Test Cricket history to score fifty centuries, and the first to score fifty centuries in all international cricket combined; he now has 99 centuries in international cricket. On 17 October 2008, when he surpassed Brian Lara’s record for the most runs scored in Test cricket, he also became the first batsman to score 12,000, 13,000 and 14,000 runs in that form of the game, having also been the third batsman and first Indian to pass 11,000 runs in Test cricket. He was also the first player to score 10,000 runs in one-day internationals, and also the first player to cross every subsequent 1000-run mark that has been crossed in ODI cricket history and 200 runs in a one-day international match. In the fourth Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia, Tendulkar surpassed Australia’s Allan Border to become the player to cross the 50-run mark the most number of times in Test cricket history, and also the second ever player to score 11 Test centuries against Australia, tying with Sir Jack Hobbs of England more than 70 years previously. Tendulkar passed 30,000 runs in international cricket on 20 November 2009. He also holds the world record for playing highest number of Test and ODI matches.Tendulkar has been honoured with the Padma Vibhushanaward, India’s second highest civilian award, and the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, India’s highest sporting honor. Tendulkar became the first sportsperson and the first personality without an aviation background to be awarded the honorary rank of Group Captain by the Indian Air Force.[19] He has received honorary doctorates from Mysore University and Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences  He won the 2010 Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for cricketer of the year at the ICC awards.

 

Periodic Table

The periodic table of the chemical elements (also periodic table of the elements or just the periodic table) is a tabular display of the chemical elements. Although precursors to this table exist, its invention is generally credited to Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev in 1869, who intended the table to illustrate recurring (“periodic”) trends in the properties of the elements. The layout of the table has been refined and extended over time, as new elements have been discovered, and new theoretical models have been developed to explain chemical behavior.

The periodic table is now ubiquitous within the academic discipline of chemistry, providing a useful framework to classify, systematize, and compare all of the many different forms of chemical behavior. The table has found many applications in chemistry, physics, biology, and engineering, especially chemical engineering.

Structure

Periodic table

This common arrangement of the periodic table separates the lanthanoids and actinoids (the f-block) from other elements. The wide periodic table incorporates the f-block. The extended periodic table adds the 8th and 9th periods, incorporating the f-block and adding the theoretical g-block.

Lokpal Bill movement

Anna Hazare's hunger strike at Jantar Mantar in Delhi

Kisan Baburao Hazare born 15 January 1940 known for Watershed development programmes.He has achieved Padma Shri(1990),Padma Bhushan(1992). On 5 April 2011, Anna Hazare initiated a movement for passing a stronger anti-corruption Lokpal (ombudsman) bill in the Indian Parliament. As a part of this movement, N. Santosh Hegde, a former justice of the Supreme Court of India and Lokayukta of Karnataka, Prashant Bhushan, a senior lawyer in the Supreme Court along with the members of the India Against Corruption movement drafted an alternate bill, named as the Jan Lokpal Bill (People’s Ombudsman Bill) with more stringent provisions and wider power to the Lokpal(Ombudsman). Hazare began a fast unto death from 5 April 2011 at Jantar Mantar in Delhi, to press for the demand to form a joint committee of the representatives of the Government and the civil society to draft a new bill with stronger penal actions and more independence to the Lokpal and Lokayuktas (Ombudsmen in the states), after his demand was rejected by the Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh. Before commencing his ‘fast unto death’ he stated, “I will fast until Jan Lokpal Bill is passed”.

The movement attracted attention very quickly through various media. It has been reported that thousands of people joined to support Hazare’s effort. Almost 150 people reportedly joined Hazare in his fast. He said that he would not allow any politician to sit with him in this movement. Politicians like Uma Bharti and Om Prakash Chautala were shooed away by protesters when they came to visit the site where the protest was taking place. A number of social activists including Medha Patkar, Arvind Kejriwal and former IPS officer Kiran Bediand Jayaprakash Narayan have lent their support to Hazare’s hunger strike and anti-corruption campaign. This movement has also been joined by many people providing their support in Internet social media such as Twitter and Facebook. In addition to spiritual leaders Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Swami Ramdev, Swami Agnivesh and former Indian cricketer Kapil Dev,many celebrities showed their public support through micro-blogging site Twitter. As a result of this movement, on 6 April 2011 Sharad Pawar resigned from the group of ministersformed for reviewing the draft Lokpal bill 2010.
On 8 April 2011, the Government of India accepted all demands of the movement. On 9 April 2011 it issued a notification in the Gazette of India on formation of a joint committee. It accepted the formula that there be a politician Chairman and an activist, non-politician Co-Chairman. According to the notification, Pranab Mukherjee will be the Chairman of the draft committee while Shanti Bhushan will be the co-chairman. “The Joint Drafting Committee shall consist of five nominee ministers of the Government of India and five nominees of the civil society. The five nominee Ministers of the Government of India are Pranab Mukherjee, Union Minister of Finance, P. Chidambaram, Union Minister of Home Affairs, M. Veerappa Moily, Union Minister of Law and Justice, Kapil Sibal, Union Minister of Human Resource and Development and Minister of Communication and Information Technology and Salman Khursheed, Union Minister of Water Resources and Minister of Minority Affairs. The five nominees of the civil society are Anna Hazare, N. Santosh Hegde, Shanti Bhushan Senior Advocate, Prashant Bhushan, Advocate and Arvind Kejriwal. The movement gathered significant support from India’s youth visible through the local support and on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. There have also been protests inBangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Guwahati, Shillong, Aizawl among other cities of India.

On the morning of 9 April 2011 Anna Hazare ended his 98-hour hunger strike by first offering lemon juice to some of his supporters who had gone on a hunger strike in his support. The social activist then broke his fast by consuming some lemon juice. He addressed the people and set a deadline of 15 August 2011 to pass the Lokpal Bill in the Indian Parliament.

Real fight begins now. We have a lot of struggle ahead of us in drafting the new legislation, We have shown the world in just five days that we are united for the cause of the nation. The youth power in this movement is a sign of hope.

Anna Hazare also said that if the bill was not passed, then he will call a mass nation-wide agitation. He called his movement as “second struggle for independence” and he will continue the fight.

Me as a student I would always support struggles like this and we all should support this kind of struggles .