EDUCATION: The Powerful tool

Whenever we use the word education, along with it comes references to its importance, methodology, and most importantly, students’ attitude towards it. This is the most important attribute when talking of education as it is obvious that a student willing to learn, learns better. A student unwilling to learn, doesn’t learn at all.

If we think of the people who are going to make such an impact in our lives, inspiring us to learn, and helping us anytime, anywhere, it has to be our teachers. They make a huge impact in our lives, and after our parents, it is they who help us almost throughout. Now arises the question, how does a teacher help in assisting a student to learn?

The answer to this is obvious, though it may not seem so at first sight.


It is our teachers who inspire us, right from kindergarten till the time we pass out of school. It is our teachers who guide us, right from our early years till the time we are mature enough to go out into the world. It is our teachers who groom us to become a better person, in a humane way. In short, they do everything that is absolutely necessary for us to be ready to explore and stretch the dimensions. In every student lurks a huge talent, a lion waiting patiently to burst forth, and it is our teachers who assist in it bursting forth.

Children’s attitude towards education is a very important characteristic, because it is obvious that education shapes your life. Would you rather start a sweet shop than a business? The answer is, obviously, no. A better and more positive attitude towards education ensures a more positive outcome in your overall life, whereas a devil-may-care attitude towards it can destroy your life. People’s lives can be affected for the worst if we don’t care about education, as it is, as said above, something that shapes your life.

To summarise, education is a very important “word” in itself, and the attitude of students towards it shapes their life. It decides what they become as human beings, and also how successful they are later in their life. And it is indubitably our teachers who assist in our learning, and shaping a positive attitude towards education. Finally, as Nelson Mandela rightly said: “Education is the most powerful weapon. We can use it to change the world.” And within everyone lies this potential to make a huge impact in general and it is up to themselves to channel it.

Ram Padmanabhan,


National Centre For Excellence

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The main objective of education is to acquire knowledge. This knowledge is the small brave flame that shines bright driving away the darkness of ignorance. Ignorance is not bliss in adulthood. Deceptive ignorance causes complications in man’s life. ‘Knowledge is power’ and rightly so, for it gives you the power to think, question and arrive at the solution to problems which present themselves, but knowledge itself will not suffice to enable one to face life’s hurdles, it’s application is what counts in the end. So education should always look at the two aspects of gaining knowledge and then applying it for use in all practical purposes.

Nelson Mandela said,“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Revolutionary ideas sprout from the humble seeds of education. Cultivating ignorance is the massacre of brilliant ideas for, education is that spark that lights the fire; a dream. No one should be denied the right to education, simply because it is the driving force that takes nations, populations, the entire world closer to the goal of world peace, elimination of poverty and the guarantee of a better future for humanity.

Education is a tree, and the branches you can choose to climb are many. One may pursue academics, sports and various arts which help in imbibing life skills. By pursuing varied interests, a student steps out of the monotonous one dimensional plane of existence into the vibrant multi dimensional world. As individuals in a society, our aim should be to blossom into courteous, grateful people who uphold the principles of co-operation and goodwill. In his famous speech at Stanford, Steve Jobs said, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to have trust that the dots will somehow connect in the future.” Thus it is of the utmost importance to pursue one’s education with passion and explore the many branches of education but all the while remaining firmly rooted to your principal goal. In the words of John Dewey, “Education is not preparation for life, education is life itself.”

Aparna Akilan

XI ‘B’

National Centre For Excellence

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Plain living and high thinking’ is the teacher’s motto of life. She is a living example for the students to follow. She influences her pupils to a great extent. Teaching is considered a noble profession. Teachers have the very important responsibility of shaping the lives of young, impressionable children. With this responsibility comes great pride and joy.

This is one of the many reasons I shifted my whole carrier path from being a successful software engineer to become a TEACHER. I will have no regrets of choosing this noble profession any time in my life. Personally the passion towards the profession was always there. The circumstances were only a trigger and aspark through which now I am able to light the candle of knowledge in my students.

A good teacher can be defined as someone who always pushes students to want to do their best while at the same time trying to make learning interesting as well as creative. A positive or negative influence from a teacher early on in life can have a great effect on the life of a child. Teachers, especially at the secondary level, must be very creative and approachable with their teaching styles. Not every child learns the same way, nor are they interested in the same things. It is difficult to keep the attention of the adolescent children.

By setting high standards for a student, the teacher is encouraging the student to do the same and will eventually develop. There are many roles, qualities, and strategies that comprise an effective teacher. Through my observation I have become aware of what makes a good teacher. Some of the ideas are new to me, while others have been reinforced since my own education and volunteer experiences.

Even though teachers instruct students of different ages and abilities, many of the daily roles and qualities are the same for all teachers. In order to have an effective classroom and instruction a teacher must have behavior management strategies. While this is not the most important part of instruction and learning, I feel it is the base for education.

If a teacher does not run a smooth classroom and the students do not listen, she will not be able to fully instruct them and use all of the time allotted. It is also important to have structure in the classroom. In other words, teachers should follow rules made by both the teacher and the students and have certain routine strategies for instruction that students can expect and follow. Teachers possess many important qualities both innate and learned.

William A. Ward quotes “Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops. The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” Therefore I want to inspire each and every one of my student as a teacher and prove to them that my life is a teaching for them and teaching is my life.


Vadivukkarasi Arun Kumar

Secondary Teacher

National Centre For Excellence


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“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.”

– Mark van Doren

Teacher is a person who enlightens, guides, facilitates knowledge into students irrespective of caste creed and status. They are called using various names such has guru, acharya , master , mentor, sensei etc… but the end goal of every teacher is impart knowledge to everyone around.

Teachers are kept in highest pedestal in every society as they are the people, who create the next generation of ideal citizen in every society. Hindu religion for generations has given teacher the 3rd most important position in an individual’s life after the parents.

It is said that student doesn’t choose his teacher, it is teacher who choose his students because only a teacher can identify the deficit of knowledge in every student and can fill the vacuum by imparting or teaching the right set of knowledge and values to the students.

During the Vedic period, students were sent to schools called gurukul, it was place were student has stay away from their family and learn everything about the society, science, warfare etc… This was done because teacher time was considered to be valuable and thus it is the students who need to approach the teacher to gain knowledge. This also kept the students focused during their training period.

Over 5000 years the things have changed so is the status and relation of the teacher and student. Today teaching is a process that facilitates learning. A day in the life of a teacher can vary greatly depending on the subject and grade level in which they teach. From Kindergarten to high school and special education to statistics, one theme runs consistently throughout every great teacher’s career: their job does not end with the education institute.

Today’s teacher is not merely meant to stand in front classroom and impart knowledge, there boundary have gone way beyond the classroom in to the daily lives of student and their effects to community around. During the Vedic period a student was expected to know everyone but be a master in one area which wasidentified by the teacher but today world teachers are expected to make student masters in all the subjects. Such is the burden of teacher which is has been whole heartily accepted by person who wishes to do some good to the society.

Today teacher are the pall bearers of the all good and bad happening in the society,which is why I choose to become teacher. Once you become a teacher, you care about everything the education, the system, the students, and the society. I strongly believe that teaching isn’t just about learning the curriculum – it’s about teaching values of life.


Chandra Iyer

National Centre For Excellence

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