Monthly Archives: May 2017

AKO’Y LAYUAN

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Humakbang kang palayo sa akin
Kinabukasan mo’y h’wag sirain
Pag-ibig mo sana’y h’wag sayangin
Mahalin ka’y ‘di ko pwedeng gawin

Ang maging tayo’y isang pangarap
Na ‘di kaylan man pwedeng matupad
Ang ibigin kita’y ‘di marapat
Dahil sa dusa ka masasadlak

H’wag kang lumuha, h’wag mong damdamin
Nais ko ma’y ‘di pwedeng pilitin
Masakit ma’y dapat na tanggapin
Hindi ka pwedeng hagka’t yakapin

Bakit nang dumating ka’y huli na
Hindi na malayang ibigin ka
Kung noon sana tayo nagkita
Kuwento nati’y naging masaya

H’wag ka nang sa aki’y magpaalam
Baka kasi kita pa’y pigilan
Humayo ka na’t ako’y layuan
Pagsikapan mong ako’y kalimutan

Paglayo mo’y aking daramdamin
Pagluha’y mahirap na pigilin
Matapos kasing ako’y ibigin
Tinulak kang palayo sa akin

(Mula sa kantang “Walk Away” ni Matt Monro)

The Extra Mile Teachers Walk

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Search any site in the internet for the highest paid professionals in the world and you will not find “teachers” in the top 30. Expand your search and look for the list of professions in different countries where the practitioners receive the best compensation packages and you will find out that teaching is not among them. You will not find a country where teachers are ranked among the highest money-earners.

Teaching not classified among the highest paying jobs, of course, is not surprising. That has been the case since time immemorial and it is not expected to change anytime soon. However, insufficient remuneration do not deter teachers from performing the role they have embraced. Such is only one of the steps in the extra mile that teachers need to walk when they have accepted that teaching is not merely a profession but a vocation. It is not merely a job to perform but an obligation to carry out.

Acknowledging that teaching is not merely a job but an obligation to carry out is what makes teachers go the extra mile, to do what is more than required in the performance of their tasks, including sacrificing personal resources…sometimes happiness. Teachers know the nature of the responsibility that they agreed to fulfill when they signed up for the job. They know it’s not easy. How in the world would one consider being responsible for the education of other people, especially the young ones, easy? When did it become easy to facilitate the acquisition of knowledge and values and the development of skills of your fellow human beings?

If only pay would be commensurate to how significant is one’s job in the enlightenment of the soul, the preservation and enhancement of the fabric of society, and the socio-economic development of a nation then teachers would get paid handsomely.

But it is what it is. Teaching is not a profitable profession. Realities teachers confront in the academe could really make them say a lot of things in the “present unreal conditional” form. There are times that they couldn’t also help but make a “wish-statement” like “I wish that I were a health care professional.”

Why?

Health care professionals (physicians, surgeons, anesthesiologists, dentists, etc.) consistently round out the top 10 in the lists of highest paid professionals.

What they (the medical practitioners) do, maintenance and restoration of  good health, is very important. For that, they deserve the pay they get. But nurturing the human spirit…helping a person achieve holistic development is as equally important, if not more important. What professional endeavor could be more meaningful than helping your fellow men achieve their full potential for them to become responsible human beings and productive members of society?

And not only are the teachers not getting the pay commensurate to the importance of the work they do and the effort they need to exert when doing their job, they don’t also get the recognition they deserve.

American society, for example, does not generally view teachers in the same way, as they view other professionals; the belief that “anyone can teach” is not found in other professions (i.e., not just anyone can play professional baseball, or be an accountant or engineer, or practice law or medicine.)1

Such is the indifference teachers, as professionals, are getting.

How true is the contention that “anyone can teach?” Those who know what it takes to become a teacher would say it is a fallacy.

Education is not just a matter of whether you can teach or not but also whether or not you can make the students learn. Even if a person is an expert in a field of learning it is not a guarantee that he can teach what he knows. Knowing something is different from knowing how to teach it.

Hiring just anyone to become a teacher would be a huge mistake. It takes a lot to become a teacher. Teachers undergo rigid training for them to hone their pedagogical skills. They read a lot knowing that teaching and learning are both grounded on Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology and other related fields. They know they need to be familiar not only in their field of expertise but with different principles and strategies to effectively deliver learning and teaching. They know that when they are done teaching they still have to evaluate the learning.

The list of the things that teachers need to know and to do is long. At the end of that long list are two characteristics that teachers need to develop if they wish to succeed in the profession – PASSION for their work and COMPASSION for the students.

How then in the world it becomes possible that just “anyone can teach?”

Be that as it may, teaching will forever be a NOBLE PROFESSION! Nothing can diminish its intrinsic value.

One thing for sure, all the successful professionals in the world – business executives, lawyers, architects, engineers, surgeons, physicians, dentists, nurses, brokers, etc. – know that their teachers contributed a thing or two into whatever they have become.

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1 Tichenor M.S., Tichenor, J.M. (2005). Understanding teachers’ perspective on professionalism. ERIC.

PWEDE BA

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Nakakamanghang kahit ano ang gawin
Sukdol man sa langit kung kita’y mahalin
Bakit pag-ibig ko tuwing susukatin
Sisidlan mong gamit ‘di kayang punuin

Naglahong muli sa yakap mo ang higpit
Maging sa halik mo’y nawala ang init
Kung hinahangad mo na muling umalis
Samo’y sa pakiusap ika’y makinig

Bago sana kita muling palayain
Pwede ba nating pagsikapang alamin
Bakit ningas-kugon ang pag-ibig natin
Ayaw magluwat ang alab sa damdamin

Ngunit bakit nais mong ako’y iwanan
Kung sa makalawa’y muling babalikan
Pwede ba kasing aminin mo na lamang
Ligayang hanap mo ako ang may tangan

Pwede bang sa akin ay iyong aminin
Sobra bang mahigpit kung kita’y yakapin
May pagkukulang bang dapat kong punuin
Kung may nais sabihi’y h’wag nang kimkimin

Palabas sa pinto hirap kang humakbang
Dahil ang nais mo kita ay pigilan
Humarap ka’t mata ko sana’y titigan
Lumapit ka…yakapin ako at hagkan

Usapang ito’y h’wag na nating pagtagalin
Pwede namang atin na lamang tanggapin
Ang magkalayo’y ‘di natin kakayanin
Kaylangan kita’t ako’y kaylangan mo rin

(Mula sa awiting “Just Once” ni James Ingram)

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