Recently I read a book titled 'What teachers make' written by Taylor Mali. It is a very inspiring book for the teaching community. Mali, himself a teacher and a poet, is unable to tolerate criticism against the teachers. People generally believe that the teachers are not paid good salary. He says that it is a false notion that teaching as a profession is a last alternative for the young men. Mr. Mali has written about the conditions prevalent in USA ,but his views are are universally applicable.
Mali, himself a teacher, was inspired to write the book, after he heard a sneering comments on the profession by a rich man in a party. He refutes them and his sharp intellect pays a tribute to the joys of teaching. He goes on to write that teachers are so vital to the society. In the very beginning of the book the author says that children spend more time with the teacher than the parents. His advice to the parents is 'let the child be' and see what wonders the child can achieve. In class eight, when he speaks of writing a poem, he finds that initially the boys seem lost, but by encouragement and inspiration the children create such poems that even he is surprised to see the perfection in their work.
He has made another valid point. Some people look down on the teacher when they take up some part time jobs. His contention is that the teacher has to support a family. At least the teacher is not cheating the society like those who indulge in tactics to earn money through illegal means.
All most every chapter starts with an inspiring quote by gems of society. Take for example a quote by George Bernard Shaw,"I am not a teacher, only a fellow traveler of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead------ ahead of myself as well as of you." Such inspiring quotations are helpful for the students. He feels very upset when people call the teachers greedy and lazy. A teacher has to teach in the class, at the same time , he has to spend time at home preparing what he has to teach the children the next day. The teachers must let the whole world know how important and difficult is their job. He says that he would prefer that his students leave his class with some doubt, so that they may make an effort to clear their doubt by applying their brain.
Taylor Mali's book is like a treasure which can be shared by all the teachers. It is a valentine to the teachers. It is the right book at the right time in defense of teachers,as to why we need them now and forever.
This prompt is written in response to Write Tribe Festival of Words 3 about a book 'What Teachers Make'.