05 September 2010

Teacher’s Day..

Today’s is 5th September, the birthday of great Indian scholar & Philosopher Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.  It is is celebrated as Teacher’s Day in India whereas World Teacher’s Day is observed on 5th October all over the world. I share here some philatelic items issued to commemorate Great Teachers and World Teacher’s Day. On teachers’ special day, I also wish to share here a letter written by Abraham Lincoln, written to his son’s teacher…I like to read it again & again….This post is dedicated to all great teachers of the world who introduced their students the world of knowledge !! This Post is a philatelic tribute to all of them….Through this post I also convey my best regards to all the teachers who taught me during school & college days……. This is all for Today…..Till Next Post….Have a Great Time !


Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, born on 5 September 1888 was a Teacher, Indian philosopher and great statesman .He was the first Vice President of India (1952-1962), and the second President of India (1962-1967). Among the many honours he received were a British knighthood (1931) and the Bharat Ratna (1954).

Radha Krish[8]


Philatelic Tributes to Great Teachers !

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Abraham Lincoln's letter to his son's teacher

He will have to learn, I know,
that all men are not just,
all men are not true.
But teach him also that

for every scoundrel there is a hero;
that for every selfish Politician,

there is a dedicated leader...
Teach him for every enemy there is a

Steer him away from envy,
if you can,
teach him the secret of
quiet laughter.
Let him learn early that

the bullies are the easiest to lick... Teach him, if you can,
the wonder of books...
But also give him quiet time
to ponder the eternal mystery of birds in the sky,
bees in the sun,
and the flowers on a green hillside.
In the school teach him

it is far honourable to fail
than to cheat...
Teach him to have faith
in his own ideas,
even if everyone tells him
they are wrong...
Teach him to be gentle
with gentle people,
and tough with the tough.
Try to give my son

the strength not to follow the crowd
when everyone is getting on the band wagon...
Teach him to listen to all men...
but teach him also to filter
all he hears on a screen of truth,
and take only the good
that comes through.
Teach him if you can,

how to laugh when he is sad...
Teach him there is no shame in tears,

Teach him to scoff at cynics
and to beware of too much sweetness...
Teach him to sell his brawn
and brain to the highest bidders
but never to put a price-tag
on his heart and soul.
Teach him to close his ears

to a howling mob
and to stand and fight
if he thinks he's right.
Treat him gently,
but do not cuddle him,
because only the test
of fire makes fine steel.
Let him have the courage

to be impatient...
let him have the patience to be brave.
Teach him always
to have sublime faith in himself,
because then he will have
sublime faith in mankind.
This is a big order,

but see what you can do...
He is such a fine fellow,
my son!


India celebrates Teachers’ Day on Sep 5, while the International Teachers’ Day is observed on Oct 5. Teachers Day is, interestingly, not observed on the same day all over the world. It is perhaps one of those few days which has a separate international day whose importance is superseded by the nationally observed day. International Teachers Day as observed by UNESCO is Oct 5. Being held ever since 1994, it commemorates teachers' organizations worldwide. Its aim is to mobilize support for teachers and to ensure that the needs of future generations will continue to be met by teachers.

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