A true teacher
Someone, in Quora, once asked me, how I perceive the profession of teaching and whether it has lost it's real essence. My answer is this.
I perceive the profession of teaching to be very delicate. You can make a student's life better by inspiring them in many ways or ruin their idea of how schooling and education should be.
As a teacher, it is our duty to guide students in making the right decisions in life, to emphasize the importance of being curious and to never stop questioning, to tell them that marks do not define them, to accept their uniqueness and not to divide them according to their grades/achievements, to teach them knowledge and values beyond their text, to help them understand the concepts and how to apply it in reality, instead of rote memorization.
To the question of whether it has lost its real essence, unfortunately yes.
I strongly feel only few teachers (the dedicated ones) follow this type of pedagogy. Most are just teaching for the sake of teaching and earning. They don't even bother to know their students or help them. For instance, there are many teachers who only focus on the brilliant ones and keep the weak ones aside saying you cannot be helped, some spoon-feed notes and make students learn by rote memorization while not making them understanding anything, some teachers would ask ‘Who are the top three rank holders in your class?” and pay more attention to them, some teachers asks questions and if the student’s reply is against their ideology, the answer is said to be incorrect, some would emphasise on listening and not questioning too much.
I have come across these type of teachers in my life and they are the ones who made me hate schooling and education in general. What is the use of going to a school where there are teachers like that and when you don't get anything in return?
But there are also few who go beyond their comfort zone and try their best to follow the pedagogy I have mentioned earlier. They have taught me not to be a mere receptive being and to question the things that is happening around me. To be always curious and to always seek knowledge. I have immense respect for such teachers and shall always respect and remember them.
Side note - Respect is to be earned, not demanded.