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Lincoln's letter to son's teacher to motivate students

punjab Updated: Apr 07, 2013 00:28 IST
Navrajdeep Singh

Now the late president of the United States of America, Abraham Lincoln will inspire Punjab Students. Sounds strange, but it’s the plan of the Punjab government.

The letter, which has remained an inspiration for teachers and students for the past several centuries, will act as a source of motivation for government school students, feels director general of school education Kahan Singh Pannu.

Lincoln wrote the historical masterpiece when his son went to school for the first time.

The late US president had described a teacher as a nation builder through these lines, “He will have to learn, I know, that 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 that for every enemy there is a friend.”

A brainchild of Pannu, the letter will be displayed in government schools across the state. The DGSE said with teachers playing a great role in nourishing students, Lincoln's letter depicted aspirations of parents from teachers of their children in a very emotional way.

Education stands for the overall development of students and teachers remained indispensable force behind it in terms of their cultural, emotional, social and intellectual besides academic growth, Pannu said.

“And for all this, there was no match to Lincoln's letter in which he requested his son's teacher to inculcate values and education that would help his son become an intelligent, determined and good human being,” he added.

The move has come at a time when new academic session had just started, on April 1. Schools had been provided with both English and Punjabi versions of the letter and had been directed to paste the same in libraries, classrooms and other rooms in form of posters.

Pannu said despite being centuries-old, such letters still held great importance that would help students and teachers learn many things.

“In the present education scenario, views depicted in the letter were of more importance that helped students know significance of acquiring knowledge, education and to respect the stature of their teachers besides helping acquaint them with the principles of life,” he said.