Teachers’ Day: Why Do Curious Students Upset Indian Teachers?

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Teachers’ Day: Why Do Curious Students Upset Indian Teachers?

Illustration: Ahmed Sikander

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have to confess that I was a supremely annoying kid with an insatiable curiosity. I would constantly needle the grown-ups for answers to my never-ending questions –   “Why does the moon become smaller every day?”, “Why do boys cut their hair short?”, “How does Santa fit in the chimney?” Everyone – from my hapless parents to my siblings and relatives – were potential victims. When I started school in Toronto, my teachers were the targets.

At eight, I even won an inexplicable award for being the “Most Inquisitive Member” of my Girl Guides troop. It was quite a feat considering the two dozen girls around me spent most of their time aggressively asking, “Are we there yet?” and “When’s lunch?”

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