“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” – Mark Van Doren
We live in a world where true knowledge is being replaced by misinformation, fake news and conspiracies. In addition, the teaching-learning process has been fundamentally affected by the changes in our environment, even before the pandemic hit. There are newer ways to learn and teach, mediated by distance, greater interaction and involvement of the student and other such factors.
In such a context, it is vital to reflect upon teachers, teaching, pedagogy and learning. Our contributors have explored the meaning of the word ‘teacher’ and found many answers – in what their mothers taught them, and continue to teach them in their absence; in the light of teachers such as Savitribai Phule and Fatima Sheikh who inspire us well into the 21st century, and in an increasingly deconstructed world, what all of us can teach each other.
Some other stories which we have taken up include the population myth, the concerns of domestic workers, and mental health concerns among young Muslims and its redressal. We hope that this issue revolving around teaching, pedagogy and literacy offers some insights for learners, educators and everyone involved in creating a better world for ourselves as well as future generations.