I was at one of my tuition class yesterday.
One of my student asked me whether I have a job in the morning. “Well, of course” I replied. He asked again how much do I earn monthly and I replied his answer. Then after the ooh and aah-ing, he was like “What are you doing here? I’m sure the pay here is nothing compared to the big bucks you made on your daily job?” As much as I wanted to admit to him how badly I need those extra cash, I replied his query with a smile : Coz I like to be surrounded by you guys. It made me forget at least for a little while what a cruel world out there that I’ve been living in my daylight.
Trust me he did blushed. And he’s one of my favourite student too 🙂
History’s definitely my least favourite subject in this world so I decided to skip the teaching part and just give them exercise on the last syllabus their teacher taught them (I’m a replacement teacher, you see?) While waiting for them to finish the exercise, my eyes wandered around the classroom and I wrapped up a fact that I myself couldn’t believe I was sooo grateful about: How am I glad that during our schooldays handphones were not such an everyday-gadget, coz I can’t imagine how to focus on my studies with one!
These kids, they’re so engrossed changing ringtones, listening to the radio, texting (I don’t know, their sweethearts perhaps?), playing games, (admiring my handphone that I let them to checkout) and so on so forth. I asked them how in the hel* did they end up buying one? I’m sure their parent would not approve buying a handphone that almost cost them the kid’s tution fees for six months!
Them: Kitorang simpan duit, teacher. Time rehat sanggup tak makan sebab nak beli handphone..
I.definitely.don’t.want any of my kids to grow up with these kinda environment and produced these kinda thinking. Not having something that everyone else’s having is considered not cool by them*hmm Uganda seemed like a perfect place to migrate now*
I graded their exercises straight away, and to my surprise none of these kids scored at least half the full mark. I didn’t have a heart to scold them, and I asked them what are they gonna be when they grow up coz I don’t think they put that much effort into their studies. I remembered during my days, my parents would turn blunders if we get number other than the top 3 in the class. Me and my two elder brothers were always competing with each other and wanting to show to our parents how outstanding we can get. The force and spirit that I built during schooldays were the same force and spirit that stays within me until now. I couldn’t imagine what would I become now if it wasn’t for my parents who pushed me to the limit during my schooldays.
My students, they were sorta overwhelmed by my story yet one of them said his parents don’t give a da*n about his studies whatsoever. The only time he feel appreciated was when he got scolded everytime the results weren’t satisfactory. I clarified to them that maybe they’ve looked at this the wrong way. Their parents care enough for them to send them to the tuition class, and to scold them. Or else they would’ve just let them rot to die. Indifference is the worst act a parent could do to their children. They got quiet and I cross-fingered that the words that came out from my mouth sank slowly into their mind and soul, little if not many.
When the class finishes, I bid them goodbye and suddenly my favourite student came to me and said : Teacher, jangan stress sangat.. Money’s not everything.. I don’t know why he said that but I took it as the words of wisdom of the day anyways.
Ps: Sometimes, being a teacher is not always about teaching the kids the way of life, but also learning one from them.