PASSION IN EDUCATION
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.
The author is SST-I at San Pablo 2nd National High School