Written by Ex.Rev.K.Langrin, Seinduli, West Khasi Hills District (37 years as teacher in rural area)
In our region, our state, our country and even in the world, there are three types of teachers – Born teachers, Made to be teachers and Forced teachers.
(1)Born teachers:- Born teachers are those who are born to be teachers from their mother’s womb. Their aim from childhood is to become teachers. Such people, would from their childhood like to act like teachers to teach their friends. They are talented teachers and students like them the most. Their actions, their way of speaking and teaching appeal to all the students in the class. Once they enter the class-room students listen attentively and with smiling faces. All students love such teachers, they love their subjects, they love class-works, home-works and they love whatever the teacher says. Every student likes to imitate them, their way of speaking, walking, actions and so on. Such are the real and the best teachers.
(2)Made to be teachers:- Such teachers may or may not be talented they, however, are made to be teachers- through trainings, through experience, through hard working, through practice and through the guidance and advice of senior teachers. We find such teachers cannot teach well in the beginning, but after some years of teaching they become experienced. Students love them because they are hard working teachers. Their hard work in teaching becomes a good example for students. So, after twenty or thirty years of teaching they will become more or less as good as born teachers.
(3)Forced teachers:- They are not talented teachers; they have no idea about teaching and no interest in teaching. Actually, they do not want to teach but they are forced by somebody or circumstances to become teachers. Such people might want to be the officers in any government office but due to failure in interviews, they are compelled to apply for the post of teacher instead. Such teachers are very lazy, they would not like to even move from the chair or to move their hands to write on the black board and their minds are idle. All students do not like such teachers as they have no idea and no will to teach. Such forced teachers do not want to seek either help or advice from their senior teachers and they are happy with their idle minds. Such teachers have no responsibility, they do not care if the students pass or fail. They go to school just to pass their time and to get salary.
When we turn to the leaders in our state like politicians, we find that only few of them are talented. Majority of our politicians like MDCs, MLAs and MPs are made by force and money power. That’s why there are politicians who could not speak even a single word in their term of five years. They use to attend the sessions just to sleep and without understanding what the talented persons speak.
When we turn to the church leaders like pastors, we find that only few of them are talented. That’s why only few pastors are fit to be the speakers or preachers in the Presbytery and Synod meetings. We can say that 90% of the pastors are forced to become leaders by circumstances, friends and their failure in interviews for the government job. Such pastors have no chance, not even once to preach in the big church meetings from the beginning till the end of their lives. And even when they preach all people fell asleep. But when they introduce themselves, they dare to say, “I am called and the chosen person of God.” But actually, circumstances forced them to become pastors.
Our next generation will shine if all the school teachers, all the politicians and all the religious leaders are talented persons only. So, let us change our mind to form our new country, new state, new religion and new life.