Saturday, February 2, 2013

“Can Students Excel Better Than Their Educators?” - Professor M.S.Rao

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” - Henry Brooks Adams

In one of my recent leadership training programs a participant asked me a question – why teachers cannot grow while some of their students grow? In fact, it is a rare question I have come across in my lifetime.  I responded as follows:

Educators share their knowledge, ideas and insights with their students.  They make a difference in the lives of their students with their passion, knowledge and experience.   And the students acquire knowledge from their educators and apply it in their real lives and reap rewards greatly. In fact, the application of knowledge is more important than the acquisition of knowledge. Educators have knowledge and ideas which they may not be able to apply in their lives as their main role is to share knowledge as per the expectations of their students and to make them successful.  Hence, they are engaged with their task of creating, generating, and sharing their knowledge with others.  On the other hand, the students apply the acquired ideas and insights in a number of areas and reap great rewards.  Students work very hard in their lives and finally, make it big and achieve greatness.  Therefore, the roles of both educators and students are different.  

Parents want to see the success of their children.  When children succeed the parents are happy by treating their children’s success as their success.  Similarly, educators will be happy when they see the success of their students, and they feel that they are successful in their lives.  Above all, a true parent’s success lies in the success of their children, and a true educator’s success lies in the success of their students.  To conclude, educators remain as educators while the students outsmart their educators and grow to the level of CEOs and great leaders.

“A good teacher is like a candle - it consumes itself to light the way for others.” - Author Unknown

Life is great!

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1 comment:

  1. Matt 10:24-25
    "A student is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. 25 It is enough for the student to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebub, how much more the members of his household!"
    (Matthew 10:24 NIV)