The Noble Role of Teachers:
Transforming Ourselves to Change the World
Study Session 3 – The Teacher as an Agent of Transformation
The acronym TEACHER is set out below:
T is Transformation, not information
E is Exemplar
A is Awareness of Oneness
C is Culture
H is Head, Heart and Hand (in unity)
E is Environment
R is Role of Religion
The Exercise – Step 1
Referring to Handbook for Teachers in Human Values Education, page 199 – 212, read and reflect upon the brief explanations for each one of the above seven components of the acronym, TEACHER.
The Exercise – Step 2
Using dot points or short sentences, extract from the explanations given for each component of the acronym TEACHER, a few words or insights that can prompt you when you wish to reflect further on that component at a later date, and record these in your Journal. By way of example, beginning with T is Transformation, not Information, someone might write the following:
- An ongoing self-transformation in the teacher is required if the children are to make contact with their own inner goodness, love and wisdom.
- If students gain only information without any thought of transformation, how can a society evolve?
The Exercise – Step 3
Now that you have recorded in your Journal a number of brief statements about each one of the seven components of the acronym TEACHER, consider each one in turn and select from all of them the statement or dot point that resonates most strongly with you.
The Exercise – Step 4
“The teachers who have the courage and selflessness to commit themselves to an ongoing personal transformation, for the sake of our children and the future of our civilisation and the planet, are the ones who will bring into the consciousness of the world the certain truth that teaching is indeed the most noble of all professions.”
~ Ron and Suwanti Farmer (2015)
Handbook for Teachers in Human Values Education
“The influence of teachers extends beyond the classroom, well into the future. It is they who shape and enrich the minds of the young, who touch their hearts and souls. It is they who shape a nation’s future.”
~ F. Sionil Jose (1924 – )
“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”
~ Leo Tolstoy (1828 – 1910)