Teacher’s day begins 35 years ago: September 10, 1985.
Since then, the annual Teacher’s day has become a major event in people’s life. Respecting teachers has become a virtue. From a certain perspective, China’s Teacher’s Day has a history of more than 2,000 years.
History of teachers’ Day
Ancient teacher’s day has a great relationship with Confucius. In the Han and Jin Dynasties, the emperor would lead civil and military officials to worship the Confucius Temple and invite teachers to dinner on the birthday of Confucius.
In the Tang and Song Dynasties, Confucius’ birthday ceremony was held in every state, prefecture, and county in the kingdom of heaven. The ceremony was very grand at that time.
In the Qing Dynasty, the scale and scope of Confucius’ Birthday Ceremony became grander and grander. The most outstanding teachers were awarded eight grade titles on this day and were promoted to President, supervisor, librarian, etc.
The meaning of “teacher”
“Teacher” originally refers to an old and senior scholar or academic imparter. In fact, in addition to “teacher”, there are many names for teachers in ancient times, such as Mr., master, Professor, assistant, doctor, etc.
In ancient times, there was the word doctor. The doctor was an official name in ancient times.
During the Qin and Han Dynasties, the doctor was in charge of books and classics, familiar with historical events, and became an official post that was specialized in classics or arts.
Both the Han and Tang dynasties had doctoral degrees, the central and local schools in the Song Dynasty began to set up professors, and the schools of the Yuan and Ming and Qing dynasties also had professors.
Today’s teaching assistants mean assistant teachers. In ancient times, however, teaching assistants were teachers in the Imperial College.
On the way to school, respecting the teacher is the most difficult, but also the most important.