"I wanted to teach people. In teaching, we can serve not only people, but the world. I've been a teacher for more than 35 years, including high school and elementary.
I also believe that the teacher profession is the noblest profession.
All other professions would be impossible without teachers.
Since I was 5 years old, I wanted to go to school, but my parents disapproved, just because I was still very small, and to go from our house to school it would take more than one hour, passing rivers and forests. It was very hard to pass through this path. That's why my parents decided that I should start school only at the age of seven.
I can remember all of my teachers. But there is one that I consider to be the best. That is because he did something for me and my family that I will never forget. It happened that in my early years of schooling my father passed away. I didn't attend to finish the program, because of the health problems of my father. Then, during the start of classes, sometime around June, in 1967, I did not report to the school. Why? My mother continued crying, telling me that she would be suffering forever: financial suffering, household suffering, because of the passing away of my father. And because of that I decided: 'Mother, I'll stop my schooling. I should be at your side.'
But this teacher, that I consider the most important teacher of mine, visited our home, and invited me to come back. He ask my mother’s permission so I could proceed to grade five. I think it was sometime in July already. So I went back to school. But I was so ashamed to join my classmates, because it was very late. Can you imagine that? I mean, it was already July, and it would be my first day of school. I could not afford to get inside the classroom. So, what I did was sit outside of the class, watching the teacher from the window. The teacher didn't see me. But my classmates did, and they all approached me, inviting me to join the class. I was so ashamed. What did they do? They embraced me and brought me into the classroom. So I was one of them! To make the story short, at the end of that year, I got the second best grades of the class.
The educational system in Philippines is good, but not so good.
The curriculum, as I observe, its ok, we don't need to follow the curriculums of other countries. But there is a problem in implementing the rules and the regulations of this big instituition. We have problems with materials, like teaching books. Because here in Phillippines we are not using technologies like laptops or computers. We are still relying on text books. I think that the government fail in providing the appropriate number of books for the students. There is a lack of text books and other materials in public schools. Sometimes, we need to buy text books by ourselves, so we can work properly. Can you imagine handle a whole classroom with just one book?
The thinking of the society about teachers nowadays is not like before.
People used to admired teachers. They even compared teachers with beauties. Some places, people used to look at you and say:
'Oh, how beautiful you are. You are like a teacher'.
Now It's not like that anymore. But there is an explanation for that. In some locations, some bigger cities, the teachers are involved in drugs. And this is how the society works. If someone is doing something wrong, they generalized every other people similar to this one. Teachers here in Alegria are doing the best of their jobs.But in other towns, there are teachers involved in selling ilegal drugs. Teachers, principals, and other people of school staff involved with ilegal activities. So how can we judge people if they are not clapping their hands to teachers anymore? We are losing the prestigious of teaching.
My expectation for my students is that maybe five or ten of them become professionals. And the rest of them, I mean, probably half of the rest will finished tecnological courses. I do my best to encourage them to proceed in the right way of life.
I always tell them the stories of cangaroos and emus. These creatures are famous in Australia, and they have things in common in their body parts, they can not move back, because of the body structure.They can not reverse their movement. And I say to them that maybe the Australia society is inspired by this animals to always go ahead, becoming a progressive country. Saint Paul, this is a bible history. He always say that we need to move foward. No regrets, and no fear, that we need to go anywhere.
So I tell my pupils: 'Go foward. Go ahead in your goals. Never turn back.
Never regress. Always go foward in following your goals.
Right now, to go foward means to pass grade 4 and become grade 5.
One step after another. '
And they look at me and say that they will be good. That no matter how far they need to go, they will proceed. They will not turn back. Those stories changes their lifes and I hope it keep doing this!
Teachers, never surrender! Never give up!
Continue your goals, so we can continuing to make people become productive and respectful to the society. We teachers must join hands in guiding this people in becoming productive and respectful good citizens in the future."