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Teachers' Day Celebration

Dear Members of the Faculty,

Good afternoon and a “Happy Teachers’ Day to one and all.”

This celebration, which was made possible through the initiative and efforts of the USC, the CSCs, and their counterparts in High School and Elementary, aims to do just one thing ─ to pay tribute to the faculty on the occasion of this year’s World Teachers’ Day.

This is in recognition of the nobility of the profession where we all belong, the teaching profession ─ with due recognition and appreciation of the proverbial selflessness of teachers, of their desire to pour out themselves to transform their students into better persons, of their dream to eliminate ignorance and unlock the door to knowledge and wisdom, and of their passion, dedication and indomitable spirit to bring about positive change in the lives of the studentry, their families, and the world.

Realizing that my personal words would not be enough to realize this task, I have borrowed the famous lines of some great teachers and thinkers. Let us look at some of them for our reflection:

“Teaching creates all other professions.” ~Author Unknown

Without teachers, there will be no doctors, lawyers, engineers, architects, accountants, nurses, scientists, technologists, artists, or what have you. We all began under the care of a good teacher, and in my case, that is my late mother.

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” ~William Arthur Ward

May our students see us as sources of inspiration and not discouragement.

“Good teachers are costly, but bad teachers cost more.” ~Bob Talbert

In the hands of a teacher is the power to build or to destroy. May we all be good teachers as to build and not destroy lives.

"He who opens a school door, closes a prison." ~ Victor Hugo

This is to highlight the enormous social responsibility entrusted to universities like ours and in mentors like us ─ again, emphasizing our capacity to make or break.

“Teaching should be full of ideas instead of stuffed with facts.” ~Author Unknown

“Education is not filling a pail, but the lighting of a fire." ~William Butler Yeats

We are not here to deposit knowledge in our students’ minds and then withdraw what we have deposited during exams. Rather, we should ignite the fire of intellectual inquisitiveness.

The next five are similar.

“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” ~Mark Van Doren

“The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.” ~Khalil Gibran

"I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think." ~Socrates

“The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change." ~ Carl Rogers

“Tell me and I'll forget. Show me and I may not remember. Involve me and I'll understand.” ~native American Proverb

Our goal is not to make our students like us, but to make them the best unique persons they can possibly be.

“A truly special teacher is very wise, and sees tomorrow in every child's eyes.” ~Author Unknown

May we learn to see the future not with the blurring lenses of our own generation, but with the bright lenses of the present and future generations.

The next four are also interrelated.

“A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.” ~Horace Mann

“The task of the excellent teacher is to stimulate 'apparently ordinary' people to unusual effort. The tough problem is not in identifying winners: it is in making winners out of ordinary people.” ~K. Patricia Cross

“A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary.” ~Thomas Carruthers

“A good teacher is like a candle - it consumes itself to light the way for others.” ~Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, translated from Turkish

Yes, we are not indispensable. Especially with advancements in science and technology, we no longer have a monopoly of knowledge. Thus, we now see ourselves more as designers and facilitators of learning, and not the sole source of knowledge.

“What a teacher writes on the chalk board of life can never be erased.” ~Author Unknown

And the most popular of all…

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops."

~ Henry Brooks Adams

Many of the things that we do to our students leave a lasting imprint in their lives, or maybe, even in the next life.

In closing, I wish to inflame in each one that passion… that heat… that fervor for teaching which I’m sure everyone had on his first day on the job. Let us remember that teaching is not only a profession but also a vocation. It is a calling to serve God through others…. of seeing our students as partners in the quest for excellence. In the words of our Master Teacher in heaven, our Lord Jesus, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40).

My dear friends:

Happy Teachers’ Day….

Maligayang Araw ng mga Guro.

Masayang Aldo da reng Talaturu.

Date Posted: 10-04-2012