WHO IS A TEACHER?
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?
The author is Teacher I at Nuestra Señora Del Pilar Integrated School, CSFP