PAS­SION IN ED­U­CA­TION

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! -

RUS­SELL T. MAO

I believe that teach­ing is an es­sen­tial and no­ble pro­fes­sion. Next to par­ents, be­ing a teacher is one of the most im­por­tant foun­da­tional el­e­ment in our so­ci­ety. Ev­ery­thing im­por­tant be­gins in child­hood, es­pe­cially knowl­edge, self-knowl­edge, re­silience and char­ac­ter. Proper prepa­ra­tion is fun­da­men­tal to liv­ing a full, re­ward­ing life. With­out self-knowl­edge, chil­dren may fol­low wrong paths and end up far from their true call­ings, lost, sad and un­ful­filled. With­out re­silience the storms and chal­lenges of life can turn chil­dren from their high­est path, leav­ing them far from who they might have been. Fi­nally, char­ac­ter is the in­tan­gi­ble force that raises so­ci­ety as a whole min­i­mizes shocks and col­li­sions be­tween peo­ple and bal­ances self- in­ter­est and so­cial good. Ide­ally, all or this ed­u­ca­tion starts in the home but of­ten the par­ents them­selves may be in­ad­e­quately skilled in this re­gard. School nec­es­sary com­ple­ment to sup­ple­ment of this learn­ing.

As I be­gan to read about chil­dren and ed­u­ca­tion, a new world opened. I un­der­stood that I had the op­por­tu­nity to make at least a few chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ences more nur­tur­ing and pro­duc­tive than my own had been. The bril­liant body of work I was re­gard­ing was ripe with op­por­tu­nity to im­prove that out­comes and ex­pe­ri­ences of stu­dents to­day. In not much time, It be­came clear to me that the sec­ond half of my life would be about chil­dren and their ed­u­ca­tion. I have been a teacher all my life in var­i­ous ways I have a love of learn­ing. Shar­ing that learn­ing is part of fun. In my 5 years of teach­ing in public school and in my sta­tion as Sec­ondary School Teacher I in San Pablo 2nd Na­tional High School I love their in­no­cence and their sim­ple joys and their fresh eyes as they look at the world.

I love the idea of leading a team of learn­ers to­wards a goal of demon­strated mastery. I love the idea of giv­ing these chil­dren a set of skills and an out­look that will hold them. Solid, brave and ca­pa­ble as they move through the bal­ance of their aca­demic ca­reer and through life.

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The au­thor is SST-I at San Pablo 2nd Na­tional High School

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