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School is a place to give not to take (To teach or not to teach II)

July 19, 2013

School is a place to give not to take (To teach or not to teach II)

There are those who are feeling severe pressure because of the restructuring that is taking place at CEPT. And then there are those who are taking it in their stride.

For a long time, a lot of people (read faculty) had said that things needed to be shaken up. But, understandably, shaking is not necessarily to everyone’s liking. Specially to those who had joined School thinking it was a good financial opportunity. Before, one could teach, and also be a part of consultancy running there; so one could have the best of both worlds. That way, it also made good financial sense: There was a fixed sum to be earned out of being a faculty, and the income added from being a part of consultancy depended on one’s ambition and ability. So, they came, mainly, to take from CEPT.

Of course all who joined ended up giving; by sharing their knowledge; by being patient with students less competent or willing than expected; and dealing with the problems of an institution badly in need of more resources. And for this they should be lauded. But not for being givers.

As givers, celebrate only those who come to School with the idea of teaching because they enjoy it, and with the idea of improving it. These guys- even as they may be disappointed at the abysmal ‘University’ pays, or the broken chairs that don’t get fixed, promises that are broken, see their hard work on preparing a syllabus and direction for their courses going waste because of the NEW directions  -are still calm.

An institution improves in long term only with the blood and sweat of those who want to see it become better. And whereas it might benefit from those who are benefitting of it, it will be truly beholden only to those who have more to give and less to take. Those who want to take, may be threatened with the idea of not getting what they wanted, and worry about their bosses, or decision makers, or the system alienating them. But not those who are giving… No one could threaten to take away what you are giving.

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