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5 books on teachers and teaching

September 5th is celebrated as Teachers’ Day in India. This day is celebrated to remember the contribution of teachers, mentors and guides in our lives. Words will never be enough to thank these people for shaping our thoughts and careers, but a few books have done an incredible job of capturing this important connection.

Metrolife brings you some great teachers, immortalized in books.

Never fades

Author: William Hart

The book deals with corruption in the California university system and how immigrant students are abused and even misunderstood there. The main narrator of the book is an English teacher, John Goddard. He is a Vietnam War veteran and he fights against the bureaucratic system to make the university a nice place for these students to build their careers. The second narrator is one of his students – Tina Le, a Vietnamese woman. The two take turns telling the story of their lasting bond.

Dangerous friend: the teacher-student relationship in Vajrayana Buddhism

Author: Rig’Dzin Dorje

It highlights the duty of a teacher to impart knowledge and wisdom. It also emphasizes a student’s moral responsibility to carry on the legacy of their teacher. The book respects the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, according to which, a student must have complete confidence in his teacher if he is to accomplish anything great in life.

Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Biggest Lesson

Author: Mitch Albom

Everyone has this person in life who is older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and lost, and who gets you out of sticky situations all the time. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his university professor almost twenty years ago. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final “lesson”: lessons on how to live.

Goodbye Mr Chips

Author: James Hilton

This book is about a certain Mr. Chipping, who abandons his strict old-fashioned teaching methods to become a great educator and beloved mentor. He mingles with the boys at a fictional British public boarding school and soon becomes their friend, their confidant. They affectionately call him Mr Chips.

teacher man

Author: Frank McCourt

It is a tribute to teachers around the world. This is how Frank McCourt’s 30-year teaching career shaped his second run in his life as a writer. McCourt records the trials, triumphs and surprises he faces in public high schools in New York City. The book talks about his teaching methods which are anything but conventional. It creates a lasting impact on its students through inventive missions.