Teachers’ Day – A Day of Significance and Celebration for All Teachers

India celebrates her Teachers’ Day on the 5th September commemorating the significance of the birthday of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. He was a staunch believer of education and was one of the most well-known diplomat, scholar, president of India and above all a teacher. He believed that “teachers should be the best minds in the country”.

When Dr. Radhakrishnan became the president of India in 1962, he was approached by some of his students and friends and they requested him to allow celebrate 5th September, his birthday. In reply to this, Dr. Radhakrishna said, “Instead of celebrating my birthday separately, it would be a proud privilege if September 5th is observed as Teachers’ Day”. Henceforth, the day has been observed as Teachers’ Day in India and this led to its origin.

Teachers’ Day is the occasion to invest quality time with your teachers and it is the day to commemorate the profession of teaching and everyone associated with it. It is the day when students organize activities and cultural programs, to honour and appreciate teachers, so as to focus on bringing teachers and students closer. Moreover, it is the day that is devoted to highlight the hard work put up by the teacher all year long and is a day which is a complete tribute to the teachers all over India.

Right from giving bouquets of flowers, greeting cards and gifts to your favourite teachers, some students also write wonderful poems and messages to their teachers on this day. But there are some students who come up with innovative ideas and ways to celebrate Teachers’ Day.

A few of them while writing messages across to their teachers on this day even admire and leave comment on their teachers beautiful clothes, style or their traits.

Some other modern way to reach your teachers is by sending a message or animated greetings through email, SMS or Facebook with touchy quotes to their teachers.

Besides, in most educational institution, students organize cultural programs which include a skit highlighting student-teacher relationship; mimicry on their teachers showing their facial expressions and actions and a lot of game activities like dumb charades, musical chair or passing a parcel etc.

I must admit that no other profession has the privilege of feeling in an ecstatic state as much as teachers’ profession as each and every teacher feels very special by the warmth and love of their fellow students on this day. This makes us reflect back the great role teachers play in bringing up their students:

From tender age until adulthood, a child can be easily molded in a right way just like clay in a potter’s hand, it is vital to understand that the teacher can shape up his personality by being a role model by nurturing him in school through gentle persuasion. Therefore, it is mandatory for a teacher have both professional competency backed up by a very strong moral background to lead the children during different challenging situations and circumstances encountered in classrooms.

As teacher has a great role to play in a student’s life, it is correct to say they are the people who could create generations altogether. In short, they are in some way the builder of our nation as they are exposed to a mass of students who are the future citizens of our country. Moreover, teachers must inspire them to build into great personality and shape them to contribute to the society by being upstanding citizens of our nation.

Thus for all the hard work, struggles, sacrifice and tolerance put up by the teachers, it is indeed a day to show gratitude, and a day of great opportunity for all of us to make our teachers feel special on this day which is a day for all teachers.

Should University Education Be Free For All?

Education is the most critical and pressing issue for the development of any country and more and more reforms are brought in this sector with the passage of time. No one denies the sheer role and significance of education in making a better nation and a progressive world. Where many people manage to get primary and secondary education, provided free in most of the countries, it is difficult to most in getting themselves equipped with the higher or university education due to the high cost/fee. Hence, there has always been this debate of whether the university education should be free for all.

For most of the people say that it should be free as getting knowledge is a basic right and it should not come with a price tag. Most of the people cannot afford the huge cost of higher education and many of the future Einstein and Marx are wasting their abilities and talents due to the inaccessibility to the universities and university education which makes education a privilege of a particular class instead of everyone’s basic right. When more people get higher education, there will be more jobs available for them and the rate of unemployment will be reduced alleviating the poverty in the society and leading it towards advancement and prosperity. Another argument for the free university education goes with the principle of equality where everyone has a right to have equal opportunity and in making university education free, this principle of equality can be fulfilled in converting it into a reality on pragmatic grounds out of the antique box of theory. If higher education is free, thousands of young boys and girls would be able to get education instead of bearing the burden of part time jobs in fulfilling the university expanses.

There is other side of the coin too and which is not in favor of free university education that brings gargantuan burden on the shoulders of the government.

There is a lot of investment required and the cost of higher education is too high that it becomes indispensable for the people to share some of the burden of the state which does not have ample resources and money for free university education. Though there can be, as there are, more special students loans and scholarships in aid of the students who cannot afford the cost of higher education. Another argument is that if university education is free, there will be a descend in the value of higher education as there will be less money to pay for the professors and staff and many other university resources (related to technical education at higher level). Hence there is a danger of a low quality education once it has been made free for all like water in an ocean.

To conclude, where we can see many hurdles in the way of free university education we can also see the example of Germany in making its higher education free. Much can be learnt from the Germany’s experience or experimentation (hitherto to see) in making university education free for all.

A Healthy Detox Recipe For All Ages

Go to any grocery store and you will see aisle after aisle of heavily processed foods. The idea was to preserve foods to feed the ever growing mass public. That goal has been achieved but at a heavy price. On a daily basis our bodies are subjected to chemicals, pesticides, fungicides, MSG, air pollutants, water pollutants and there is almost no way to get away from it. We now live in an age where detoxing our bodies is not just a luxury but a necessity.

The average American diet is over acidic due to our current lifestyle. That means we are open to all types of disease. The liver, kidneys and all other organs in the body are heavily taxed. With a little education and perseverance you can take control of your own health and start to look and feel better. After all, are we not looking for quality of life? This is hard to do when you are feeling sluggish, tired and weak!

Here are some foods that really feed and cleanse the body:

Water

Most Americans are semi dehydrated and don’t even know it. It is pretty well known that you are supposed to drink approximately 8 glasses of water per day. Do you know when you haven’t been drinking sufficient water? If your urine is dark, that is an easy way to tell if you have not had enough water.

Citrus fruit

Lemons, grapefruit, oranges and limes are packed with delicious nutrients and also hydrate the body. You can do the body a lot of good starting your day with fresh lemon juice in warm water.

Green foods

Such as all forms of lettuce, cabbage, watercress, spinach, broccoli and sprouts. Their anti-oxidant properties, mineral content and chlorophyll, all work their magic on the body.

Nuts and seeds

Eating raw nuts and seeds give us the natural good fats and protein and also have some anti-cancer properties, especially in almonds, pine nuts and sesame seeds. Pumpkin seeds are also good for getting rid of parasites.

Colorful fruits and vegetables

We want to eat lots of these. The nutrient value is unmatched. We also get a lot of fiber from eating fruits and vegetables and that keeps our digestive system working properly.

Here is a healthy recipe that tastes great and feeds and cleanses the body;

Summer Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

In a salad bowl combine, lettuce of your choice, spinach leaves, watercress, chives, mandarin orange slices and sesame seeds.

To make the vinaigrette, combine ½ cup fresh orange juice, the juice of 1 fresh lemon, the rind of the orange and lemon,1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar, 1 tbsp Dijon mustard, 1 tbsp honey and pepper to taste. Mix well and pour over salad.

Keep in mind that we want to reduce the amount of chemicals and pesticides etc., so choose organic foods and spices. It is well worth it in the long run for your health and well being.

If you are serious about detoxing and cleansing the body, then eat right, drink a lot of fluids and get some regular exercise. Our bodies were designed this way.

Currently, we live in a toxic world and the food industry is not likely to change its way anytime soon. It is up to us to create the demand for all natural food, and that is as it should be.

Good health to you!