Saturday, September 12, 2009

The Decision is Yours

"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." - Henry Brooks Adams
This quotation is not just an accolade for teachers. More than that, it reminds every teacher how tremendous is his/her role. With teaching, comes a great decision on how should you make use of the influence that you have among the learners. One could make the best decision of making use of such influence in making the learners' lives worth living or another could choose to lie in the sea of complacency and destroy the learners' expectations, thus, the successes that they could have achieved.

I believe, every teacher is a hero to every learner because teachers possess tremendous power to build or destroy every learners' future, hence, the society's. However, one has to remember that together with that power is a huge responsibility. As what the superhero Spiderman said, "With great power; comes great responsibility."

As teachers, we are responsible in making every learning situation as enhancing as possible and it all starts with our passion and dedication for such responsibility. We might have found our teaching chores boring and disgusting at times but a little reflection of the things that we are doing as teachers would help us realize that our chore is not just a chore. We are teaching not just because we want to make a living but we make lives as well. However, as a teacher, the decision is yours. Would you mold lives while making a living or be obsessed on making a living and forget the lives of the learners? As teachers, the best question that we could ask ourselves every time we teach is, "Is this the kind of thing that I want my learners to bring for the rest of their lives?"

Teachers, the decision is yours!

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