[Tungkol dapat sa Caliraya trip ang isusulat ko pero naubusan ako ng English dahil dito. Next time na lang.]
I am a teacher. I may not look like one but I really am. I used to teach at a public school at Las Piñas. That was 3 years ago if my memory serves me right.
I really didn’t want to be a teacher. What I wanted back then was to be a programmer. But things happen without a reason. Or as they normally say nowadays, “shit happens”.
Don’t get me wrong. I didn’t dislike being a teacher. What I hated was our school system. Of how we stick to traditional styles even if they don’t work. I hated how we teachers are supposed to follow a principle but blatantly ignore it.
As a teacher, I really believed that I can change the world one student at a time. Now, I believe that it was just a fool’s hope. I lost faith in the system. But most importantly, I lost faith in my self. And then I gave up.
Yes, me giving up is just cowardice. But then, I remembered a passage from the movie “Forbidden Kingdom”. I don’t remember the exact lines but the idea goes something like this: “Everything a kung-fu master does is kung-fu. From his daily chores to his way of life, it reflects him being a master of the art”. It just got me thinking. I don’t have to be a teacher to teach. I can be a teacher in my own way. All I need to do is to find that way.
And so I face tomorrow with a spark of hope. I know I can do this. I just know. Because I am a teacher. And I am going to change the world.
[This is dedicated to all teachers who also wanted to change the world and failed.]