Since ancient times, we have advocated respecting teachers and respecting the way. In modern times, we have also set up a special day to express our respect and gratitude to teachers, that is Teachers’ Day on September 10 every year.
The origin and significance of Teachers’ Day
China has a long tradition of respecting teachers and respecting the way. In ancient times, there is a saying that “a person has three respects: king, father and teacher”. “Lu’s Spring and Autumn, respect teacher” cloud: “life is to raise, death is to worship, the way of respect teacher also.” “Teachers say” : “Teachers, so preach and teach to solve doubts.” In the brilliant history of China for thousands of years, the “teacher” was always respected and loved by people. Teachers are the contributors to the inheritance of human culture, and their contribution is extremely huge.
Respecting teachers is a fine tradition in China. As early as the Western Zhou Dynasty in the 11th century BC, it was proposed that “disciples serve teachers and respect them as their fathers”. Teachers’ Day aims to recognize the contribution of teachers to the cause of education. In 1985, the ninth meeting of the Standing Committee of the sixth National People’s Congress passed the motion of The State Council on the establishment of Teachers’ Day, and the meeting decided to set September 10 as Teachers’ Day every year. September 10, 1985 was the first Teacher’s Day in China.
The aim of Teachers’ Day is to raise awareness and appreciation of the contribution teachers make to education. In 1931, educators Tai Shuang Qiu and Cheng Qibao gathered in Nanjing Central University and issued a declaration calling for “improving the treatment of teachers, protecting the work of teachers and improving the cultivation of teachers”, and agreed on June 6 as Teachers’ Day, also known as Double Six Day. Soon after, the Kuomintang government first agreed to June 6 as Teachers’ Day, and later changed the Teacher’s Day to August 27 (Confucius’s birthday). On January 21, 1985, the ninth meeting of the sixth National People’s Congress Standing Committee made a resolution to set September 10 as Teachers’ Day in China every year. September 10, 1985 was the first Teachers’ Day in China. Since then, teachers have had their own day.