What are the characteristics of teaching profession



It has well said that "teaching" mean "causing to learn". Nothing has been given until it has been taken; nothing has been thought until it has been learnt. Teaching is more than the efficient delivery of thoroughly prepared lectures, and a clear realization of this simple fact will have many beginners in the art of teaching from much disappointment.

Knowledge of how children learn is the first essential for success in teaching and that is why teaching at present is considered as a profession.

Let us not forget that teaching is a noble profession which counts amongst its members the greatest and noblest figures of human history. All the great religious leaders and reformers of the ages were teachers of mankind in the truest sense of the word.

Teachers of our age, too, can work as the architects of a better future for the race if they follow their examples and try to achieve happiness, not by concentrating on petty and selfish interests but by serving some cause greater than themselves, the cause of building up a better type of human being and a better social order than that in which it has been their lot to live. Are our teachers prepared to accept this challenge and equip themselves for the great task?

Modem society is full of professional men and women like the Doctors, Engineers, Weavers, Oilmen, Cobbler, Barber, Sweeper, Washer man, etc. A doctor's profession is concerned with the physical side of man's personality, and the engineer looks after physical side of social like in building roads, bridges, dams, houses in devising new methods and machines.

He enriches national life and adds to the comfort and convenience of the common man. A weaver makes cloths, a tailor stitches cloths, a cobbler makes shoes and in the same way the washer man, sweeper, the carpenter, the oilmen, the barber, etc. serve mankind by their own profession.

Though their profession is useful for the society, it is limited to physical side of human life. But the highest good consists in all-around development of individual physical, social, intellectual, moral, spiritual and aesthetic aspects.

It is the teaching profession, which helps an individual for his growth fully, in his body, mind, spirit, intellectual emotion and with moral values and artistic sensitivity. Therefore, teaching has been accepted as the noblest profession.