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Why is Teacher’s Day Being Celebrated on September 5? Know the Significance of Teachers Day

Why is Teacher’s Day Being Celebrated on September 5? Know the Significance of Teachers Day

Teacher’s day in India is celebrated on 5th september every year to commemorate the birth anniversary of great philosopher- Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan. The profession of the teacher deserves an equal amount of love and respect as any other profession. Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan was a former president, Bharat Ratna Recipient, Scholar and a Philosopher.

On the occasion of the teacher’s day the students all over the country pay tribute and respect to their teachers. There is an arrangement of the different programmes for the celebration of the teacher’s day. People’s teachers have a big impact on their lives. So, on September 5 of each year, teachers nationwide are honored.

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Why is Teacher’s Day is Celebrated?

Teachers’ Day in India is celebrated on 5th September; to commemorate the birth anniversary of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. He was a renowned scholar, recipient of Bharat Ratna, first Vice- President, and second President of independent India. He was born on 5 September, 1888. As an educator, he promoted enlightenment and was a renowned diplomat, academician, and most importantly, a fantastic teacher. 

As the common adage goes, the future of a country lies in the hands of its children, and teachers, as mentors, can mold students into future leaders who shape the destiny of India. They play an important role in our lives in helping us become successful in career and business.

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Who are Teachers?

Teachers are the true representatives of knowledge and wisdom, and they nurture and prepare students for the future. They educate both the general public and students. They provide light to a world that has become dimmed by ignorance. The real pillars of our success are our teachers. They assist us in learning new things, enhancing our abilities, gaining confidence, and determining the best course for success. But despite having such a significant impact on students’ lives and the development of the country; they rarely receive the recognition they merit.

How to Celebrate Teachers Day

Thank your teacher for everything

Students can write a poem, create art, or give their teachers a card or present. When teachers see that their students are gaining knowledge; and that their efforts are not in vain, they are satisfied. The aim here is to be as inventive as you can and present your professors with a delightful surprise. 

Interact with your teacher personally

Meet your teacher personally and thank them for their efforts. Let them know how they had a powerful effect on your life. Tell the teacher why your previous contacts were so impactful.

Tell them you love and respect them

  1. Inform them honestly of their part in your accomplishment.
  2. Wear a white t-shirt with phrases praising teachers and their teaching.
  3. Present them with things like cute memo pads, well-made organizers or a super-special pen.
  4. Parents can also give their child’s teacher a note that lets them know how much they appreciate their kindness, warmth and patience.

Utilize social media to express gratitude

Students and their families can create videos expressing gratitude for teachers and post them on social media; or hold a virtual town hall for the teachers.

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Ask them if they need your help

It will make them happy. Try to help them in the best possible way.

Throw a party for them

Parents at the local school can get together to thank educators; by throwing them a special reception or party. Ideas might include offering refreshments, holding a special program (songs, poems, or other recitals made by students), and offering each teacher a gift made by the students.

Plan a role reversal activity

The teachers can be given a special activity that the students have planned for them. For a while, they can put on the role of a teacher and pretend to be one of their role models. This will undoubtedly be a project for class and will undoubtedly be funny and enjoyable.

Do you know about Dr. S. Radhakrishnan?

From 1952 until 1962, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan served as India’s first vice president and was a prominent teacher and philosopher.

Moreover, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was the second president of India (1962-1967). Dr. Radhakrishnan, despite all of his accomplishments, spent his whole life as a teacher. He believed that the best minds in the nation should serve as actual instructors; by teaching us how to think for ourselves. 5 september is celebrated as teacher’s day.

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The educational contributions of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

According to Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, education is the acquisition of knowledge outside of the traditional academic modes. If we limit education to the mindless memory of facts and statistics or bookish learning, in his opinion, it is pointless. The mind shouldn’t be overloaded with useless knowledge. It is also improper to memorize concepts from books and apply them word for word in exams in order to obtain certifications and degrees required for employment.

Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan’s most significant contribution to education is the University Education Commission Report (1940–1949). According to this report, he recommended – 

  1. The practice of yoga, science, literature, morality, ethics, political science, geography, agriculture, and philosophy. 
  2. Education is important to usher in democratic processes in the nation. It is a source to keep in touch with one’s culture. 
  3. Self-improvement is an essential aim of education. 

Education should be such that it instills a purpose in one’s life, making it worthy and meaningful.

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Interesting facts about Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

  1. When Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishan was chosen as India’s second president in 1962, his students contacted him to ask if they might declare 5 Sept teachers day as a national holiday. Dr. Radhakrishnan then suggested that September 5 be commemorated as Teachers’ Day to honor the contributions that teachers have made to our society.
  2. When he was elected as the second President of India, Dr. Radhakrishnan only took home ₹ 2500 of his ₹ 10,000 monthly pay; the rest went to the center’s National Relief Fund.
  3. The Radhakrishnan Memorial Award and the Radhakrishnan Chevening Scholarships- established by Oxford University.
  4. He was given the title of Sir Radhakrishnan after being awarded the Knighthood in 1931. He only regained his previous name, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, after 1947.
  5. At Oxford University, he was appointed the Spalding Professor of Eastern Religions and Ethics in 1936. Additionally, he was selected for an All Souls College fellowship.
  6. He established the charitable organization Helpage India for the elderly and less fortunate.
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Q1. Where was Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan born?  

Dr. Sarvepalli Radharishnan was born in Tiruttani, Madras Presidency (now Tamil Nadu), British India.

Q2. How many times was Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan nominated for the Nobel Prize?

Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan received a record-breaking 27 nominations for the Nobel Prize (in literature and for peace).

Q3. When did Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan die? 

Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan died on April 17, 1975.

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Inspirational quotes

  1. “If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher.” – Dr APJ Abdul Kalam
  2. “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butler Yeats
  3. “The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.” – Anatole France
  4. “Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers.” – Josef Albers
  5. “Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai
  6. “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.” – Khalil Gibran
  7. “The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” – Mark Van Doren
  8. “They inspire you, they entertain you, and you end up learning a ton even when you don’t know it.” – Nicholas Sparks
  9. “Wherever you find something extraordinary, you’ll find the fingerprints of a great teacher.” –Arne Duncan
  10. “Teach love, generosity, good manners and some of that will drift from the classroom to the home and who knows, the children will be educating the parents.” –Roger Moore

To sum up

Participating in Teachers’ Day is a lot of fun and is often quite easy. Spend some time in September expressing your gratitude to the teachers who have persevered through the difficulties of recent years. We can pay tribute to the educators who cared about us and, in some circumstances, influenced the direction of our life.

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