A nation’s prosperity is linked to good teachers. Our country has always respected this noble profession and has held the teachers in high esteem, almost next to God. Once Kabir wrote..
Guru govind daau khade, kaake laagun paun
Balihaari main guru aapke jin govind diyo milaye
It means that a true teacher helps to awaken our inner being and takes us to that level from where we can see God.
Guru or teacher literally means one who takes us out from darkness and brings us to light Gu (means darkness and Ru (means light)
In recent years the focus of Indian Education System has been on Education for All so much of the tension has been laid on literacy, adult education, extension education and distance education programmes. But there is yawning gap between pedagogic progress and actual translation. So this leaves much scope for those who aspire to be teachers and prove themselves. Those who want to pursue this noble career and get the satisfaction of dispelling the clouds of ignorance in other human beings can opt for teaching. Moreover education is being regarded as a growing industry and a big business. One can earn pretty well in this field along with enjoying many fringe benefits. Another reason for opting teacher as a career could be interest in the subject, secure professional career and regular annual vacations. It can also be a second career for those who have retired from professional services.
A teacher (also called a school teacher or, in some contexts, an educator) is a person who helps others to acquire knowledge, competences or values.
Informally the role of teacher may be taken on by anyone (e.g. when showing a colleague how to perform a specific task). In some countries, teaching young people of school age may be carried out in an informal setting, such as within the family, (homeschooling) rather than in a formal setting such as a school or college. Some other professions may involve a significant amount of teaching (e.g. youth worker, pastor).
In most countries, formal teaching is usually carried out by paid professional teachers. This article focuses on those who are employed, as their main role, to teach others in a formal education context, such as at a school or other place of initial formal education or training.