“Education is not the filling of a vessel, but the kindling of a flame.” – Socrates
It happened when I was 16. I was about to write a teachers’ day note to one of my teacher, who was one of the greatest teachers I have ever met and I found myself writing, “Thank you for being a great educator”.
I have always liked going to his classes, looked forward to the topic of the day. I could be bias, he taught Additional Mathematics. I love Maths. But more than just relaying information on how to answer a particular question, he enlightened the class on the root of the question itself. Why do we solve things that way and where were these formulas derived from. He sparked my interest to learn more than just what I need to get good grades. He showed me that that there is no limit to learning and that the more I learn, the more I realise how much I do not know; the more answers I should find.
He was passionate in what he was doing and made an effort to understand the learning style of his students so that he could accommodate these differences. I still remember him saying, “If he learns better by sitting under the table, let him sit under the table and learn”. True enough, “If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn”.
I have been privileged to meet so many great educators throughout my formal education and I hope that everyone would be able to receive the same privilege so that education will not be a privilege anymore. This can be achieved with the help of a person who is able to spark students’ interests to learn. A person who can educate the heart before the mind because education is only worthwhile when the heart is in it. A person who inspires others to realise their potential. A person who is passionate about what he teaches, and so he teaches to make others understand why he is passionate about it. A person everyone needs. An educator.
If you happen to be a teacher, be someone who educates.
And if you are not, be someone who educates.
Whoever you are, be someone who educates.
Because education breeds confidence, confidence breeds hope and hope is a good thing, maybe the best thing and no good thing ever dies.