A Desire to Learn

Ever since I can remember, I've had a few (very few) favorite teachers and one of them I believe is my mother. And ever since I have been teaching, I continuously think of the qualities that as a teacher Ivonne Torres De León has. I always recall that perfect blend of several characteristics which make her be truly effective in teaching me, having a lasting impact on virtually every part of my life.

Like her, I love teaching. I invest time in getting to know each of my students and work to figure out how to relate to each of them. Even if our common interests can be challenging to find, I look for a way to connect. Yes, Mamita (as I usually call her) has had to get very creative with me in the "connecting part"!

This "connecting part" is what really stays with the person, beyond the lessons taught inside four walls which can be forgotten. The educational task is, in essence, building personality, cultivating in people "the want" of a happy life in society and encouraging them to think for themselves. At the same time, learning has a lot to do with incorporating knowledge and skills, as the simple ability to memorize does not equate to wisdom, emotional richness and creativity.

If in the educational process values ​​and a sense of purpose are not instilled, people become mere robots loaded with information. If educators become desensitized and prioritize competence among students, they could end up planting arrogance in those who achieve good academic performance. And those whose academic performance is challenging might lose confidence in themselves, beginning to feel fear of being wrong. Unfortunately and frequently, the goal of education is solely to prepare people to be useful in specific areas of society. In the relentless pursuit of better academic performance is easy to lose sight of what is so important: learning how to be happy.

The real goal of education should be to guide people to a happy existence. This noble discipline should not be subjected to the demands of a system or the imperative to produce employees who only generate profits for corporations. The rationale of education should be the human being and its necessary destination: happiness.

The aforementioned teacher of mine, Mrs. Torres De León, always says that one of the biggest mistakes humankind has made is to confuse knowledge with wisdom. Knowledge itself can be used for both good and evil purposes. History shows deplorable countless examples of people who, even with a high level of education, are responsible for the most terrible damage.

Wisdom, however, leads to happiness. Therefore, the mission of education should be to stimulate and release the wisdom inherent in learners of all ages; give rise to concentrating on the potential of all people and not in forcing them to adapt to an established model. I have the conviction that every person has the ability to help change the world for the better. The role of the teacher is to trust learners, encourage, inspire, and stimulate their learning.

Similarly, the relationship between teacher and learner is essential for learners to broaden their horizons and enrich their life. The educational process is the formation of personality through the inspiration that a person can give to another with the example of their own human qualities. When a teacher has passion for teaching and accompanies the learner on his or her quest, the teacher naturally instills a desire to learn. Learners just open their mind and heart to those who show a genuine concern for their welfare and put their trust in them. On believing that "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world", Ivonne and I connect or, even better, we happily agree.

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