Echaves: Worlds beyond

SIX of the nominees in the search for the 2015 Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP), Region 7 want to be teachers.

Such a welcome development, especially because they graduated with Latin honors, and are outstanding student leaders. Totally gone, I hope, is the old mentality of parents who pushed their children into education degrees, despite mediocre grades, because “pobre man kita.”

Two of the nominees took mathematics for their majors, and are raring to rub off on their pupils their enjoyment of the field. “Mathematics is fun, really fun; students should not be afraid of it,” they said.

As a youth, my father found math challenging. Seeing how his classmates feared it, he decided to master the subject and did so with flying colors.

Such sense of challenge and adventure sometimes skips a generation, meaning me. Math was overwhelming, even terrifying. I believe that when my math teachers deliberated on their grades for me, the good Lord must have reminded them it was better to err in kindness.

But I loved English and so, chose it for my college major. I always had this love affair with words, so that each new word learned was a “Eureka” moment.

Because I loved English, I wanted to enthuse my students as well. Business lingo now calls it “passion.” I found my passion in high school and pursued it in college.

My parents shared a passion for teaching, and permanently rubbed this off on me. Its first cousin
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