In earlier times in India there was a sacred and pure relationship between the master and the disciple (Guru and Shishya Parampara). Once the parent admitted his child to a Gurukul , his role taken over by the Guru. Guru took the responsibility of the child and saw that when the child left the Gurukul he had moral values , social values and was apt in knowledge.
The olden days Gurukuls have now been replaced by modern day schools, which work just like corporate offices. Here, there is no talk of Guru and Shishya. The term Shishya is replaced by Customer. There is more talk on customer dealing and customer satisfaction than the actual inculcating of values and imparting of knowledge to the child. Regular feedback is taken from the parents and the students. If the customers are happy and satisfied the teacher is considered to be productive for the organization. The focus of teacher thus shifts from the actual development of the child to keeping the child happy. There is no room or space given for any kind of experimentation or trying out of new strategies by the teacher .The teacher prefers the safer path.
The teachers have no right to scold a child. If the valuable customer gets unhappy and a parent complains then the teacher is taken for a ride. The educational organizations only try to lure the customers so that they can get better admissions next time. When the parents come for admissions to the school they talk more about the facilities in the school than the actual teaching. For instance, if the weather is rough they look for schools which are air conditioned and where their child can spend his time comfortably. The parents are quick enough to pull their child out of the school if the teachers scolds or complains about the child.
So, it is really a worrisome stage. We need check where this modern education system is leading our society to. Inculcating discipline and values in children is the talk of the yore.