Sunday, September 19, 2010
SOUL SEARCHING PROFESSOR
The semester is ending and the 220 students who enrolled in my class will face new subjects and new professors next semester.
The grief of a teacher is when he felt he contributed nothing to the advancement of knowledge and to see his students to be potential liabilities of our society. When this is felt and seen the agony is unexplainable.
The joy however of hearing and seeing my previous students working in banks, corporations or setting up their own businesses gave me enough fulfillment that I will bring up to my last breath.
The grief and the joy are intertwined and to prevent the former to rule my world, I gave myself the following rubrics to ask myself at the end of every semester if I am effective:
1. Did I develop the skills needed by my students in relation to the subject I taught?
2. Did I contributed in the development of their character particularly in inculcating to
them that they should give preferential treatment to the poor?
3. Did I encourage them to explore the future career that they will face?
If I am satisfied with the answers these fuel me to go on despite the cruelty of this world.