BismilLah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim
Alhamdulillah, the Khalifah Teacher Training ended with both participants and myself gaining new knowledge from one another.
Throughout the 2 days, 16 hours program, I observed the teachers’ interest, enthusiasm, questions and concerns about their students (and not a single question about their OWN child!) and I have come to this conclusion: Your children’s teachers don’t just teach; they do far more beyond just teaching.
They show concern and worry when a child is unwell or not able to focus in class and strive to find out why and find a solution. They want to know what they can do to help a child love learning and play well with their friends. They spend hours cutting little flowers and birds from paper just so your child has fun learning in class.
We parents tend to underestimate the true value of the teachers in our children’s lives. To most of us parents, when it comes to the matter of school and teachers, the big question is, “What are you (the teacher/school) doing to make my child a better student (so he/she will score in exams)…?”
As a trainer and former teacher, I have worked with both parents and teachers. It saddens me that our society’s perception of teachers is unjust. Teachers are thought to be clueless, weak, too strict, not smart enough, uncaring and the list goes on. I have met and known teachers who have more genuine concern (ikhlas) for their students welfare than the student’s own parents. If you do not believe me, then just take a look at the statistics; the number of abusive parents versus the number of abusive teachers…
Children today spend more and more time away from their parents. It is not fair to heap so much abuse and negative reactions on the teachers when we, the parents, have not fulfilled our own responsibility of guiding our children. Learning to pray and read Al Quran should first be learnt in the home, not at school. Your child learns to pray from watching you, the parents, pray at home. Your child learns to read Al Quran from hearing you, the parents, read Al Quran at home.
But today it is otherwise. Your child learns to read Al Quran at school yet we, the parents, are the ones who proudly announce to our friends and family “My child can read Surah Yasin now.” Only be proud if it was you yourself who taught your child, not someone else.
The time has come for all us to change our views of teachers and the caregivers in our children’s lives. We must now look at the teachers with respect, love and honour for they are doing a job so important that the knowledge they teach, if it is used and taught again later by the child, will continue to benefit the teachers with thawab (pahala) even in the grave, Masha’Allah.
In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.