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    Teacher’s Day thoughts

    With Brunei Darussalam celebrating Teacher’s Day in the coming weeks, I would like to convey my thoughts on the auspicious day.

    Teaching is not just a job, an occupation or even a career. The pedagogues themselves come with different expectations and aspirations.

    While teaching can be an utterly thankless task at times it ultimately can be most fulfilling.

    The challenge and miracle of teaching is, basically, the facilitating of change and growth.

    Imagine starting with tadpoles and caterpillars.

    Being a teacher is being able to convince them that there is a time when they will be able to do a lot more than wriggle about; that there is an as-yet-unimaginable world, a universe beyond the pond or leaf in the course of life.

    File photo of a student. The writer believes that teaching is more than a job. It is probably the only profession where saying ‘my kids’ refers to not only your own biological offspring but other people’s as well. PHOTO: AHMAD MUNDZIR SYAZALI BIN HAJ GHAZALI

    It has to do with enabling them to sprout legs and lungs, wings and wisdom so that they can leap around and fly about as naturally and easily as they could once swim and crawl.

    And as with real tadpoles and caterpillars, the challenge is to let them grow; developing and changing at their own pace.

    Part of teaching is having the persistence to persuade and prod; and the patience to hold back and watch in wonder at what they can achieve on their own just to awe you.

    Like starting with a, b, c (for apple, book and cat) and ending up with A, B, C, D (AI, Block chain, Cloud computing, Data science).

    And then when they have hopped off and flown away, you start over with other tadpoles and caterpillars, living again the challenge and the miracle.

    So you see, teaching is more than a job; it has been a calling. It is probably the only profession where saying “my kids” refers to not only your own biological offspring but other people’s as well.

    Happy Teacher’s Day.

    Teoh Boon Yen

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