Farmers and teachers — two peas in a pod4 min readReading Time: 3 minutes
Dr Vaishali Shrivastava
‘Phenomenal crops are received when you know the ground where you choose to grow’
The role of an educator is, in many ways, similar to that of a farmer. Both nurture, care and get nothing but joy to see their little seeds take root and reach for the sun. Let’s look at some ways the two professions are similar.
Starting at the bottom, the teacher and farmer start by gaining the right knowledge and skills – this is done periodically so as to constantly upgrade and upskill. Both have to unlearn all incorrect practises and knowledge to be able to keep up with the times, for example, teachers have had to reinvent teaching techniques since the pandemic to enter the e-learning space.
Interacting with colleagues and consulting experts helps to get a sense of the environment and collect the right the resources. While farmers make arrangements for water for their plants, test the soil, collect tools and decide on which seeds will work best, teachers prepare material that is suitable for the children they are going to be working with, and do research on what practises will work the best.
For the farmer, the next step is to till the land, sow the seeds, nourish them with water, manure and compost, while for the teacher, connecting with students and ascertaining their needs and learning levels comes next.
For both professions, a high level of patience is important to be able to let the saplings or children grow at their own pace and in their own way. Here, it is important to note that when the educator or the farmer try and force the crop/student to grow faster than they can, the final outcome can be hampered. In the long run, the results won’t be satisfactory if a patient, nurturing outlook isn’t applied. Thus, it is essential for both professionals to go into the job having the right aptitude and attitude for it.
They must review the application of all the knowledge and skills they have passed on so as to prepare the students and crops ready for the next step. The next step here being either harvesting or graduating to the next level (class, lesson, etc.). The farmer sees to it that they are sending out only the best quality produce to the market for consumption, and the educator has to make sure the student has reached their best potential before graduating to the next level.
At the end of the school year, an educator will feel a sense of pride knowing that they were able to give their best, and, much like a farmer, prepare for the new season.
Dr Vaishali Shrivastava is a Mumbai-based freelance English curriculum consultant, education and language coach.
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