Teacherâ€™s Moral Authority in Classroom: Vitality and building Process
Author(s): Vijay Kumar Grover
Abstract: The paper is an attempt to explore teacher and his job assignment beyond the realm of duty as in case of any other job. It is also beyond the simple accountability for learnerâ€™s progress. Rather teacher needs to think in terms of attitudes and personality building besides academic performance. For making it possible he needs to lead from front as a leader in other contexts. Learners follow the teacher only when teacher has moral authority over the learners. Author details on why moral authority is essential for a teacher. The reasons he cites- learners are influenced by teacherâ€™s personality, he is a leader in his own right, learners expect from him much more than simply a duty, he needs to inculcate ethics among learners, knowledge needs to be turned a pious entity by him, connections he must develop with learners, he needs to accept diversity, finally moral authority is necessary for moral development and character building of learners. Author presents cyclic process of establishing moral authority over learners. The steps include- presenting compelling vision, becoming confident & connected with learners, should show clear commitment, should have consistent actions to build trust, provide the learner a sense of security, Inspire them to believe in the proposed vision and finally should make the action possible. In the end author also caution against misuse of moral authority of teacher by the institution or even by the teacher himself (intentionally or otherwise). In conclusion author stresses necessity of moral authority of teacher over students for their wellbeing in present and future as well.