Teaching is a dynamic activity. It unfolds the world of knowledge, information and experience. But unfortunately such an important activity is often taken lightly in our society. Teaching requires an effective way of dissemination of knowledge and experience.
There is no seriousness in government schools and institutions. Most of the government schools lack the teachers. Especially teaching science at elementary level has lost its meaning or importance. In schools, science is being taught as a language. According to a survey of 1000 scientists by the Royal society, 28% of the audience stated that they first wanted to be scientists before the age of 11. Science captures the imagination and curiosity of young children and develops a number of transferable skills including numeracy, literacy, communication, teamwork, problem solving and analytical thinking. With the faulty system of teaching science as a subject has lost its charm and spirit.
Teaching can be made effective. We have to be professional in our approach to the science teaching. We can revolutionize the system provided we work hard and purify our conscience. Teachers should help students in becoming free thinkers. Instead of students clinging to teachers for help, they should be encouraged to rely on one another.
We can make our class-room heaven but it needs efforts. We are born weak, we need strength; we are born totally unprovided, we need aid; we are stupid, we need judgment, says Socrates. A teacher needs to have the wisdom of Socrates, the objectivity of Shakespeare, the piercing intellect of Nietzsche, the stern command of Napoleon and the affection of a mother.
Kifayat Hussain Rathar
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