[This is a piece of writing that I found in one of my old notebooks. Though I wrote it in pain, distress and hatred, today, this teaches me an invaluable lesson as a budding medical teacher. Sharing it with you all as it is. No offence for the words used.
A note for the teacher in the context: If you haven't changed, and wish to change at-least now, do it, for you were a total failure then . Else stop teaching.]
My teacher was distributing answer sheets of a history test that I was sure to flunk.
I rose from my chair and hesitantly walked towards the teacher who by now was ready with a cane pulled out from the class cupboard. She has been famous in the entire school for her brutal cane lashings.
"You good for nothing moron, How many times have I told you to read my notes? Just two easy questions on Indian history and you still can't reproduce the dates that I have taught. Put your hands out if you want me to spare your back."...
It still pains.
My D E A R teacher,
I wish I could tell you that you are a big torture. If you want to boost your so called intellectual muggylectual students, please do so. But that doesn't mean you can strike on my weakness for it. You are here to teach me and not prove that I'm a waste. If you really care, please give me the freedom to chose my way, what I need to study and assess me according to that.
You teach history and it is dates that matter to you. It's strange and funny at the same time. I'm someone who calls up home to find my date of birth before filling a form. So how on earth would you expect me to remember the thousand and one dates that you mention as important.
Why should I in the first place? You are not convincing enough when you tell me, " People who fail to read history are bound to repeat the mistakes", because it's dates that I can't remember and not history. So I'd take the risk and face the consequences than having to struggle memorizing those odd and even dates that made no sense to me
To a below average performer in history, long note on Mahatma Gandhi and Non Violence Movement is all about the struggles a great man and a nation had to face to reject all physical violence on principle and concentrate on maintaining our own integrity. And it's on that I've written the entire eight paged answer sheet that you just threw on my face. Have you even bothered to read the whole thing?
If it's dates that still matter to you, go screw yourself up with it. I'm never going to read it. That's also a type of nonviolence- "passive resistance", in case you didn't know about it. It's not dates but thousands of selfless lives that are tagged to it.
My dear teachers! Please, for God's sake, sit back and introspect. Do you really need such amount of violence to preach this priceless principle of non-violence?
I know you'll never get to read this. But having written this much, I feel a lot better and my butt doesn't pain anymore.