Teacher’s Day Special: Teacher-Student Relationship Stories That Teach A Lesson
Teacher’s Day Stories For A Great Teacher-Student Relationship: A teacher, also called a schoolteacher or formally an educator, is a person who helps students acquire knowledge, competence, or virtue, via the practice of teaching. The role of a teacher in shaping a student’s life and career is beyond imagination.
The following stories tell us how good teachers are well-prepared in advance for their education goals. And how they play a crucial role in shaping the future of their students.
1. Because I Loved the Boys: An Inspiring Story of A Teacher
A college professor took his sociology class to the Baltimore slums to get case histories of 200 young boys. The students were asked to write an evaluation of each boy’s future. In every case, the students wrote, “He hasn’t got a chance.”
25 years later, another sociology professor came across the earlier study. He had his students follow up on the project to see what had happened to those 200 boys.
With the exception of 20 boys who had moved away or died, the students learned that 176 of the remaining 180 had achieved more than ordinary success as lawyers, doctors, and businessmen.
The professor was shocked! There were still some people staying in those slums and the Professor asked many of them: “ What was the main reason you account for their success?” In each case, the reply came with the feeling, “There was a teacher.”
The teacher was still alive, so he sought her out and asked the old but still alert lady what magic formula she had used to pull these boys out of the slums into successful achievement.
The teacher’s eyes sparkled and her lips broke into a gentle smile. “It’s really very simple,” she said. “ I loved those boys.”
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2. Gudo And The Emperor: A Zen Story About A Teacher
The emperor Goyozei was studying Zen under Gudo. He asked the master, “In Zen this very mind is Buddha. Is this correct?” Gudo answered, “If I say yes, you will think that you understand without understanding. If I say no, I would be contradicting a fact that many understand quite well.”
On another day the emperor asked Gudo, “Where does the enlightened man go when he dies?”
Gudo answered: “I know not.” “Why don’t you know?” asked the emperor.
“Because I have not died yet,” replied Gudo. The emperor hesitated to inquire further about these things his mind could not grasp. So Gudo beat the floor with his hand as if to awaken him, and the emperor was enlightened!
The emperor respected Zen and old Gudo more than ever after his enlightenment, and he even permitted Gudo to wear his hat in the palace in winter.
When Gudo was over eighty he used to fall asleep in the midst of his lecture, and the emperor would quietly retire to another room so his beloved teacher might enjoy the rest his aging body required.
3. A Story About The Role of A Teacher In A Disciple’s Life
A Zen master named Gettan lived in the latter part of the Tokugawa era. He used to say, “There are three kinds of disciples: those who impart Zen to others, those who maintain temples and shrines, and then there are the rice bags and the clothes hangers.”
Gasan expressed the same idea. When he was studying under Tekisui, his teacher was very severe. Sometimes he even beat him. Other pupils would not stand this kind of teaching and quit.
Gasan continued saying – “A poor disciple utilizes a teacher’s influence. A fair disciple admires a teacher’s kindness. A good disciple grows strong under a teacher’s discipline.”
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4. A Smile In His Lifetime: Short Story of A Teacher & His Pupil
Mokugen was never known to smile until his last day on earth. When his time came to pass away he said to his faithful ones, “You have studied under me for more than ten years. Show me your real interpretation of Zen. Whoever expresses this most clearly shall be my successor and receive my robe and bowl.”
Everyone watched Mokugen’s severe face but no one answered. Encho, a disciple who had been with his teacher for a long time, moved near the bedside. He pushed forward the medicine cup a few inches. This was his answer to the command.
The teacher’s face became even more severe. ‘Is that all you understand?’ He asked. Encho reached out and moved the cup back again. A beautiful smile spread over the features of Mokugen.
“You rascal,” he told Encho. “You have worked with me for ten years and have not yet seen my whole body. Take the robe and bowl. They belong to you.”
5. A Story About The Relationship of A Teacher & Student
Famous sage Swami Vivekananda had two disciples – Sister Nivedita (Margret Nobel) and Christina whom Swamiji used to address by the name Krishnapriya. Nivedita used to ask a lot of questions to Swamiji and he would answer them for her.
But it was Christina who always sat silently. Swamiji asked her, “Why don’t you ever ask any question? Are there no questions that bother your mind?
Christina said, “My Master! Questions arise in my heart, but they melt before your radiance. I get all my answers by being silent.” This is the quality of an ideal disciple.
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