WHO IS A TEACHER?

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! - JENELYN A. MER­CADO

Ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions are ve­hi­cles for aca­demic and hu­man ex­cel­lence which en­able each and ev­ery­one as cat­a­lysts of change. Schools are not just merely fo­cused on aca­demics but play an in­te­gral part in fos­ter­ing so­cial change. It is too sad to say that some ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions treat aca­demic ex­cel­lence as the to­tal­ity of learn­ing, we for­got the ul­ti­mate pur­pose of ed­u­ca­tion. How many of us re­ally know the essence of ac­quir­ing ed­u­ca­tion from for­mal school­ing? We de­pend too much on grades and recog­ni­tion but failed to see that the real essence of ed­u­ca­tion is to make as hu­man. We have to teach our chil­dren the con­cept of per­se­ver­ance and ex­cel­lence. But we should not for­get that we must teach them to ac­cept fail­ure and view it as an op­por­tu­nity to learn to ap­pre­ci­ate suc­cess.

Our young gen­er­a­tion must be guided with the con­cept and prac­tice of moral prin­ci­ples to com­bat var­ied so­cial is­sues such as in­equal­ity, dis­hon­esty, and im­moral­ity. We have to be care­ful as grownups be­cause young­sters see us as role mod­els. We are the role mod­els. We must por­tray and act ac­cord­ing to our words and do not con­tra­dict to what we teach to our stu­dents.

Ed­u­ca­tion en­vi­sions to en­hance the qual­ity of life. It is through ed­u­ca­tion that man be­comes en­light­ened and changes for the bet­ter. Let us not miss the chance to serve as an in­stru­ment to ed­u­cate young Filipinos to live life as hu­mans and not just to create in­tel­lec­tual mon­sters. The moral­ity of man is de­te­ri­o­rat­ing and teach­ers play sig­nif­i­cant roles in de­vel­op­ing fu­ture gen­er­a­tions of hu­mane peo­ple. Who is the teacher here?

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The au­thor is Teacher I at Nues­tra Señora Del Pi­lar In­te­grated School, CSFP

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