Synopsis: Jiddu Krishnamurti, guides our focus on character features a teacher should have in Education as Service.
The last point mentioned by the Master is pride: “Hold back your mind from pride,” He says, “for pride comes only from ignorance.” We must not confuse pride with the happiness felt when a piece of work is well done; pride grows out of the feeling of separateness: “I have done better than others.” Happiness in good work should grow out of the feeling of unity: “I am glad to have done this to help us all.” Pride separates a person from others, and makes him think himself superior to those around him; but the pleasure in some piece of work well done is helpful and stimulating, and encourages the doer to take up some more difficult work. When we share with others any knowledge we have gained, we lose all feeling of pride, and the wish to help more, instead of the wish to excel others, becomes the motive for study.
2. Self-control in action. The Master points out that while “there must be no laziness, but constant activity in good work … it must be your own duty that you do—not another man’s, unless with his permission and by way of helping him.” The teacher has, however, a special duty in this connection; for while he must offer to his boys every opportunity for development along their own lines, and must be careful not to check their growth or to force it in an unsuitable direction, he is bound to guide them very carefully, to watch them very closely, and, as Master has said, to tell them gently of their faults. The teacher is in charge of his boys while they are in school, and must, while they are there, take the place of their parents.