Monday, October 24, 2005

For Elyse, for making me think :)

Teachers are human too.

This is the defense pronounced when a teacher commits a mistake, either inside or outside the classroom. It is also the line laughingly said when a teacher is caught engaging in silliness, having fun, or just exhibiting signs of an actual personality (students seem to have a hard time absorbing the fact that their teachers have lives outside of the school walls). And it is— or at least should be— the reminder given to students when they hurt or offend a teacher in any way.

Come to think of it, teachers are really more human than most people. There is a certain vulnerability to teachers, because they have to open up to and share themselves with hundreds of human beings at a time. Conversely, there is a vitality to them which stems from the ability to live vicariously through those hundreds of others. Teachers have this weakness and this strength simply because theirs is a profession of love… and after all, is there any greater human quality than that of the capacity to love?

4 Comments:

At Monday, October 24, 2005, Blogger Elyse said...

whoa! i was shaken. haha! It is a compliment to have caused someone i consider a thinking authority to think?!?! Well,you've just diggen out of the deepest part of your cerebral membrane the answer of all answers:)haha! for that, i thank you :)Thank you for i was taken out of a very puzzling situation. hehe. And i guess that makes it more genuine. When you are unaware of that you are actually loving. Teachers do not just need to know how to love, but she has to be a thinking, rational feeling (lost for word)being. or she may just be caught like a ship wrecked wallowed by her own vulnerability. To know how to love is a gift indeed :) Parang special magic power!

 
At Monday, October 24, 2005, Anonymous rocky said...

yes. our capacity to think... free will... from which stems our capacity to love and to recognize our ability to love.

 
At Tuesday, October 25, 2005, Anonymous fans said...

There is so much to say about teaching - the passion and zeal that makes it a vocation. Students have this uncanny ability to box teachers in neat little pigeon holes (similar to those where they stuff their homeworks hehe) -- and are shocked when you break out of the box. If you're a CLE teacher, you've got it worse than the other subject area teachers -- not only do you not have a life, you also have to be nun-like while you're living this so-called non-life!! :P
just wanted to share some quotes about teaching:
A teacher is like a candle which lights others in consuming itself (Giovani Ruffini)

One looks with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child. (Carl Jung)

 
At Tuesday, October 25, 2005, Blogger Ailee Through the Looking Glass said...

Elyse: My muse speaks! Haha. I hope you got things sorted out in your head (and heart) already. :)

Raqs: Certainly free will is the most definitive basic human characteristic... but isn't the capacity to love on a higher (hence greater) level? Ack. Philosophical discussion in progress. As we say in AP-Annex, "my nose is bleeding!" :p

Atsi Fan: No argument there, you CLE teachers have it way worse (what more Shirley, who's a CLE teacher-turned-assistant principal? ;p). But that's what makes students really appreciate CLE teachers like you and Shirl: you guys break the nun-like mold. :)

 

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