Monday, April 25, 2011

The Sun and The Moon

As usual, a short excerpt taken from the excellent Paul Coelho's blog

– Do you see the moon, how beautiful it is? It will cross the entire 
firmament, and tomorrow the sun will shine once again.
“But sunlight is much brighter, and can show the details of the 
landscape around us: trees, mountains, clouds.
“I have contemplated the two for years, and have never heard 
the moon say: 
why do I not shine like the sun? Is it because I am inferior?

The moon and the sun are different things, 
each has its own beauty. You cannot compare the two.

EXACTLY. People always make the mistake that other
people should be like them. But they should realise that nobody is like
someone else. NOBODY. We are all different and unique individuals.
We carry our upbringing, our train of thoughts and our past experiences
who make us what we are.

Teachers, most often than not, make this mistake. We assume every
student should be like any other student when we know they never are.
Educational psychology emphasizes this. But sadly many teachers in
the profession jumps into this bandwagon, and slap this unto their
students 'if others could do it why not you'. Their uniqueness are
heresy. Their creativity condemned. Their decision blasphemous.
At the end of the day, we should ask ourselves
are we teachers, who show the way or are we just a part of the
machinery in a factory called school and that the end products are
denizens of society without any apparitions of self and the very
remnant of their beautiful soul?

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