Gurur Devo Maheshvarah
A good teacher is like a candle - it consumes itself to light the way for others. ~Author Unknown
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition. ~Jacques Barzun
Good teachers are costly, but bad teachers cost more. ~Bob Talbert
~Louis A. Berman
We expect teachers to handle teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, and the failings of the family.
Then we expect them to educate our children.
treasures. ~Eugene P. Bertin
The birthdate, [5 September 1888], of the second President of India, academic philosopher Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. It is considered a "celebration" day, where teachers and students report to school as usual but the usual activities and classes are replaced by activities of celebration, thanks and remembrance. At some schools on this day, the responsibility of teaching is taken up by the senior students to show appreciation for their teachers.
Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (5 September 1888, Tiruttani, now in Tamil Nadu – 17 April 1975) was an Indian philosopher and statesman who was the second President of India from 1962 to 1967.He was the first Vice President of India (1952–1962).
One of India's most influential scholars of comparative religion and philosophy, Radhakrishnan built a bridge between the East and the West by showing how the philosophical systems of each tradition are comprehensible within the terms of the other. He wrote authoritative exegeses of India's religious and philosophical literature for the English speaking world. His academic appointments included the King George V Chair of Mental and Moral Science at the University of Calcutta (1921–1931) and Spalding Professor of Eastern Religion and Ethics at Oxford University (1936–1952).
Radhakrishnan was knighted in 1931 but ceased to use the title "Sir" after India attained independence. Among the many other honours he received were the Bharat Ratna (1954) and the Order of Merit (1963). His birthday is celebrated in India as Teachers' Day on 5 September.
Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was born in a poor Telugu Brahmin family at Tiruttani India, now in Thiruvallur District, Tamil Nadu, 84 km to the northwest of Madras (now Chennai). His father's name was Sarvepalli Veeraswami and his mother's name was Sitamma. His early years were spent in Tiruttani and Tirupati. His father was a subordinate revenue official in the service of a local zamindar (landlord). His primary education was at Primary Board High School at Tiruttani. In 1896 he moved to the Hermansburg Evangelical Lutheral Mission School in Tirupati.
Radhakrishnan was awarded scholarships throughout his academic life. He joined Voorhees College in Vellore but switched to the Madras Christian College at the age of 17. He graduated from there in 1906 with a Master's degree in Philosophy, being one of its most distinguished alumni. Radhakrishnan wrote his thesis for the M.A. degree on "The Ethics of the Vedanta and its Metaphysical Presuppositions" He was afraid that this M.A. thesis would offend his philosophy professor, Dr. Alfred George Hogg. Instead, Hogg commended Radhakrishnan on having done most excellent work. Radhakrishnan's M.A. thesis was published when he was only 20.
Radhakrishnan studied philosophy by chance rather than choice. Being a financially constrained student at the time, when a cousin, after graduating from the same college, passed on his textbooks in philosophy to Radhakrishnan, it automatically decided his academic course Later on he felt deep interest in his subject and wrote many acclaimed works on philosophy, both Eastern and Western.
"Reading a book gives us the habit of solitary reflection and true enjoyment."