Wednesday, 29 October 2014

“Bridge the Gap between the Educators and the Students” – Professor M.S.Rao

“It is the leader’s responsibility to serve as a role model, to mentor the next generation of leaders, and to make sure that continuous opportunities for learning and development are provided.” – Lois Zachary

Currently the gap between the educators and the students is widening vastly in various educational institutions in India. It often leads to miscommunication and conflicts. Hence, this article addresses the gap between the educators and the students to ensure due respect to the educators and effective learning outcomes to the students.

The world is changing rapidly due to growth in technology. The young generation is highly advanced in their mindset and attitude. In fact, they are must smarter than the educators who belong to older generation with a different school of thought. The age gap is wide and the expectations are different. The educators find it tough to catch up with the technology due to their age factor while the students who fall in young generation are quick to adapt and catch up with the technology. The educators expect a lot of respect from students because they respected their educators when they were students. Unfortunately, the present generation of students are not ready to respect the educators who don’t deliver their goods properly. The educators must remember that they cannot demand respect just because they are educators, and they are into teaching profession. In fact, respect must be earned and honor must be accorded. And the students are ready to respect the educators who deliver their goods as per their expectations. At home also, the parents find it tough to catch up with their children as their expectations are much higher. The parents who are rich are ready to meet some of the expectations of their children. However, the parents who are from middle class and poor family background find it tough to meet their expectations. At times parents feel guilty for not rising up to the expectations of their children which most children are not aware of. The children are willing to accept the excuses of their parents but they demand more as some of their colleagues and friends are in better position and enjoy the advantages. Both the peer pressure and age pressure along with technology led to the present problem of generation gap between the parents and the children at home, and the educators and the students in educational institutions.

For every problem, there is a solution. There are a number of solutions for this problem also. Both the parents and the children at home, and the educators and the students in educational institutions must have flexibility to get along to create chemistry and compatibility. Both parents and children must empathize with each others’ limitations. If students are ambitious, they must work hard to accomplish their dreams rather than demanding too much from their parents and educators to avoid conflicts. Currently people are getting more rights-oriented rather than duty-oriented which is a step in the wrong direction. Hence, the young generation must have zeal and enthusiasm and work hard accordingly to accomplish their goals. They must not thrust their expectations and aspirations on others as it leads to conflicts at home and in educational institutions.

Parents must understand that the world is changing rapidly and they must also change with the changing times and technology. They must regularly spend some time with their children and the educators must spend some time with their students to understand their pulse and expectations to adapt and change to bridge the gap.

Hence, bridging the gap between the students and the educators is not a big issue when both are keen to understand others’ perspective and appreciate others’ limitations.  Let us bridge this gap by becoming duty-oriented rather than rights-oriented, and empathize with others to bring peace and prosperity to build a better society. Jai Hind!

“In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less, because passing civilization along from one generation to the next ought to be the highest honor and the highest responsibility anyone could have.” - Lee Iacocca

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