Yesterday, I wrote about how I am comfortable in my skin errr..and my clothes.
I must admit I was pretty shocked to hear about it.
My mother has been a teacher for over 35 years. No, she doesnt wear lipstick, she doesnt wear nail polish (At least not to school, in vacations she does wear the reckless red nail polish which Appa unfailingly buys for her 😉 but removes it before the school begins) she doesnt wear eye make up at all. She is delightfully plump (thats how Appa describes her) and doesnt wear any salwar kameezes or jeans etc to school.
As far as I know, she is one of the most respected teachers in her school. I have previously written on this blog how she has had children come back to her after 20 years recognizing her in places like railway stations and fallen on her feet and confessed her to be their guiding force.
OF course, I must admit, she dressed very neatly to school. Her hair was always in place (not that she had too much of it 😉 ) her collection of sarees is something my friend N hopes to inherit some day and her blouses were always ironed properly. Her saree was pinned correctly and while the correctness of the pleats down would vary depending on who set it (Appa, RMB, RM or Cousin K – for the records, Cousin K was the best, followed by RMB, followed by Appa 😉 I dont even feature in the list gah!) she was always neatly dressed.
I thought teachers were supposed to inspire through their teaching. teachers were supposed to command respect through their teaching and teachers were supposed to teach values, morals apart from academics in school but I certainly didnt think, teachers were supposed to be fashionable as well. Being neatly dressed to school is important but wear make up and not wear demin jacket over every outfit!!!
So what if a teacher has a chipped nail or wears no make up? Does a teacher’s fashion sense define a good teacher?
What I want to ask the people at DPS school is – What will give your students a better future, a teacher who is uptodate in fashion or a decently dressed teacher who can connect to the students and make them understand their stuff.
I must admit, personally, I was a little upset with what I read. I would have recommended teaching the students how your external looks are not important but how to transfer your knowledge and enhance the other person’s understanding is more important.
The article states Ms. Manju Sharma, the principal of DPS South saying
Ms. Salins assembled a teacher-student panel at “Fashion Talk,” where a 10th-grader named Angad Gummaraju minced no words. “If my teacher came in with chipped nail polish, she does not know how to present herself,” he said. “I would not respect her.”
Jeez Angad, would you really give respect to unchipped nails or to the fact that your teacher who can impart the right education to you!!!
D.P.S. South took its survey findings seriously. It roped in a fashion designer, Michelle Salins, to conduct a daylong session for teachers on how to pick and coordinate clothes, accessorize, wear makeup and choose footwear.
While this would have been great for the teachers, what I wish could have been for the students was to rope in someone who would tell them that teachers with chipped nails arent fashion disasters. They are just normal human beings who manage a zillion tasks in a day something you all have to do once you grow up eh?
I am not upset with the fact that DPS is trying to improve its teacher’s fashion sense (to each his/her own) I am more upset with the fact that instead of telling the students that external looks are not the deciding factor, the school is working on teaching fashion to its teachers.
I am upset about the fact that is fashion/looking good is what is commanding respect now a days? What happened to those teachers who command respect by the sheer magic of their teaching? What happened to those teachers, whose very presence drew a silence among the students? What happened to those teachers who were your parents away from home?
Have children really become so shallow? Tomorrow will my child like a teacher who wears the nail paint of the right colour matching with her clothes, or will she respect a teacher who gives her the right values?
God! I am just praying its the later. Please God!