Featured in The Star - 3 June 2012

*click picture to read article*
The final article is out in the Education pullout (pg 3) of the Sunday Star. You can also read the online version here.

I was hoping to read more about what I have done in the school to back up the 'Creative Teaching' article published last Wednesday. However, today's article did not detail much about what I did in my school for English. I guess there is only so much you can write within the constraints of a word limit.
Well, that's what my blog is for, eh? Check out my archives if you're interested in what I have done in my school.

I am nobody special. I am just a normal teacher doing my job the best I can with what I am given. My philosophy is everything happens for a reason & when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Simple common sense.

My hope is that the articles about me will motivate all the teachers struggling within the system & inspire them to continue the battle.
Teachers who work hard usually get the short end of the stick. Because they can work, they get even more work heaped upon them &, when their hard work is appreciated, they are scorned by envious teachers who want a piece of the cake but none of the work.
That is why year after year I hear of talented teachers like myself who leave the system. They are truly talented so they do end up in greener pastures with private organisations or foreign countries.

I myself would most probably have left for Singapore at the end of this year if not for a strong calling from my God to stay.
I will stay in my country & I will make a difference for my people. I am ethnically Chinese but my people are the Malaysian people; be them Iban, Indian, Malay or whatever. If you're in my class, you are my people. I will give you my best.

After Wednesday's article, many people would praise me or say good things about me even though they know NOTHING about me or what I have done in my school!
These same people would probably condemn me & call for my head when a negative article comes out about me!
There have been too many cases where the media misrepresents teachers & every time, EVERY TIME, the public would lash out against these imperfect humans who were probably trying to do their job the best way they could.
I say this because it is true. Think about it.

Teachers need support. Not only on Teacher's Day. But every single day.
You want the best from your teacher, you have to give. Those who give, receive. It's logic. It's Karma. It's the way the world works.
I have no respect for parents who think that they can push teachers around. If THAT is what you sow, THAT is what you will reap one way or another.
The best thing you can give a teacher is NOT money. It's faith.
Tell them you believe in them & maybe, with enough parents doing that, they will start believing in themselves too.

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