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IV ii Teachers as Educators

4. How should a teacher be?

Be Loving: The teacher has to be so full of compassion and love that he understands and sympathizes with the students and their struggle to expand and blossom.
Sathya Sai Baba, 22 May 1982
 
Unify them through Love and Love alone.
Sathya Sai Baba, 19 Jul 1994
 
A loving teacher dedicating his life to his profession becomes the model for his admiring students.
Sathya Sai Baba, 22 May 1982
 
Sometimes I punish My students for their mistakes and am strict toward them. Yet, I love them and give them what they need. This transforms their hearts. They come and pray to Me, "Swami please forgive us. It is our mistake that we did not conduct ourselves according to Your words. Now we have realised it. Swami, we will never repeat such mistakes again". Words that come out of true repentance melt Swami's heart, and Swami forgives them by saying, "My dear son, whatever I do is for your good." All teachers can learn to emulate this example.
Sathya Sai Baba, 21 Nov 2001
 
If you want to take students into your confidence, you have to approach them with love. You have to point out their mistakes and lead them on the right path. Only then will they follow the right path and accept their mistakes.
Sathya Sai Baba, 21 Nov 2001
 
The teacher must come down to the level of the student. This process is called ‘descent.’ It does not mean stepping down from the top to the ground. It only means accepting the level of the person who is to be benefited. The baby on the floor cannot jump in to the arms of the mother, when she calls upon it to come up. Iif the mother feels “I am a great person, I will not stoop”, she cannot possess the child. Stooping does not make a person small. The teacher too, is not demeaning himself when he comes down to the level of the pupil in order to teach him. It is only a laudable sign of love.
Sathya Sai Baba
 
Be creative and spontaneous:   Teaching and learning have both become mechanical routines. They have lost the freshness and joy which vitality alone can give.
Sathya Sai Baba, 28 Dec 1986
 
Let me mention now one point, which though it might look small, has profound repercussion on your attitude and on the boys. When the teacher goes through the roll-call, with the attendance register before him, he does not call out the name of each boy! He uses numbers. And they respond, with 'yes.' Call out the names, for numbers hide and neglect their specific individualities; they mould them into dead uniformity. They are not prisoners or policemen who have to suppress their individuality and get known only by numbers.
Sathya Sai Baba, 2 Mar 1970
 
Be Disciplined:  You have in your charge, children looking up to you for guidance, children so innocent that they have no knowledge yet of the world and its ways. It is only when the teacher himself is wedded to discipline and observes good habits that his pupils will be able to shape themselves into ideal individuals and citizens.
Sathya Sai Baba, 25 Jul 1978
 
When the teacher falls a victim to bad habits, undesirable manners, bad company and evil behaviour, the children too will naturally be drawn into evil ways.
Sathya Sai Baba, 25 Jul 1978
 
Duty is best discharged through discipline. Discipline for teachers cannot be limited to punctuality and adherence to the timetable. Duty for them involves intensive preparation, choosing the most effective means of communication and discovering how best to instruct and inspire the pupils under their care. The pupils and the teachers must both have high ideals and aspirations.
Sathya Sai Baba, 23 Mar 1984
 
Be away from petty politics:  When teachers divide themselves into factions or scandalize each other or revel in the game of politics, students are easily infected by the same harmful tendencies. Discipline can become rooted in the atmosphere of the campus only when teachers set the example. When teachers form groups in order to gain power and influence, students too do likewise.
Sathya Sai Baba, 22 May 1982
 
Be a role-model:  A teacher can make or mar the future of the student, for he is the hero whom he desires to emulate and imitate in dress, habit, and style of living and thinking.
Sathya Sai Baba, 22 May 1982
 
You must ensure by your conduct the esteem and respect of your students, who are highly intelligent.
Sathya Sai Baba, 21 Jul 1994
 
Be Patient:They must bear trials and tribulations, with calm content, and do their work even more efficiently, so that God will reward them, and society will learn to revere them all the more. The world honours the man who suffers gladly, far more than the one who enjoys shamelessly!
Sathya Sai Baba, 5 Sep 1968
 
Patient effort and steady persistence are indispensable for teachers.
Sathya Sai Baba, 2 Mar 1970
 
Be spiritual: If only the teacher is imbued with the lessons of the Upanishads and the Geetha, he can by precept and example turn the children along the path of peace and joy.  No amount of advice and exhortation can make the teacher rise to the full stature of his profession. He has to improve himself; he cannot be improved by external pressure or persuasion.
Sathya Sai Baba, 5 Sep 1968
 
Your duty is to delve into the Inner Reality and discover the spring of joy therein, so that the exacting task of moulding the children, into “children of Bharat” will be a re-creating job for you, highly refreshing and rewarding.
Sathya Sai Baba, 5 Sep 1968