"Bear in mind that the wonderful things you learn in your schools are the work of many generations, produced by enthusiastic effort and infinite labor in every country of the world. All this is put into your hands as your inheritance in order that you may receive it, honor it, add to it, and one day faithfully hand it to your children. Thus do we mortals achieve immortality in the permanent things which we create in common." - Albert Einstein

Saturday, October 6, 2012

A View on a Teacher's Point of View

I am taking the liberty of posting some comments I received through Facebook regarding the previous post on this blog, "A Teacher's Point of View". These are comments from a former teacher in the Philippines who is now teaching in the United States:
True. I used to go to a public school in the high mountains of Zambales to train teachers and I saw how the teachers would unselfishly nurture not just the mental and socio-emotional well-being of the students but as well as their physical and material needs. The teacher, despite her meager income, would go as far as buying ”tsinelas” (slippers) for the students who come to school barefoot, or buy ”tinapay” (bread) for those who come to school with empty tummies. Kudos to these heroes! 
And coming to the land of milk and honey to go back to classroom teaching in a public school system was no big difference for me as I myself experienced buying a jacket during Winter or a bookbag/pants for my students whose parents were jobless,or simply listen to a homeless student's lament on where he would sleep next when he goes ”home” to DC after school dismissal. 
Sad plight of ordinary young citizens while politicians ”fight” with their ”big words”....
Comments such as these make us pause. And then I saw the following....

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