This was undoubtedly one of the most joyous days in my life. In fact one of my good friends teased me that my presentation was an ‘Oscar like’ speech. I agree – it was truly an Oscar moment for me. I wanted to make the most of it and thank everyone who has influenced my growth and development.
But as I was reveling in this joy, tragedy struck us – the Boston Marathon tragedy happened.
As news unfolded, I was shocked to realize that these were two young students who killed and injured people and terrorized the world.
My first question was - ‘how can young students do this?’
It is easy to point fingers and blame it on their personality, bad upbringing, bad influence etc.
But what about teachers? They were still in school. If they could have only connected positively with a teacher or teachers – maybe they would have appreciated the goodness and beauty of life; may be this would not have happened.
One can say that this is very simplistic, naïve thinking. But for me, my teachers have played an important role in my growth and development not only academically but also as a person.
The Boston marathon tragedy has been a wakeup call for me. As I keep thinking about this, I am reminded about a prayer that I learned in my middle school.
Guru Govind dou khade, kaake laagoon paye
Balihari guru aapki, Govind diyo milaye."
I face both God and my guru. Who should I bow to first?
I first bow to my guru because he's the one who showed me the path to God.
As teachers & educators we have a very important role. Our job is not only to train students so that they can be knowledgeable and successful academically but to educate them to be caring and responsible citizens.
- Vani Rao