November 23, 2004

Why do we teach? What do we teach?

Maraming nagtatanong sa akin, bakit hindi ako sa UP nagsubok na magturo? Bakit daw ako nasa FEU? Madalas kong sinasabi na ako ay pumupunta kung saan ako kailangan. Di naman ako kailangan (pa) sa UP, marami nang magagaling magturo duon. Panahon na para lumabas naman ang benefits na tinatamasa ng mga UP students sa ibang unibersidad.

Ngunit sa totoo lang, grabe ang inspirasyong nakukuha ko sa mga propesor sa UP. Duon ko nabuo ang aking imahe ng isang ideal na teacher. Grabe ang kanilang sakripisyo, pinapalagpas ang sangkatutak na opportunities na yumaman para lamang mahubog ang magiging pag-iisip ng mga future leaders ng ating bansa. Malaki ang kanilang tiwala sa mga estudyante, dala ng paniniwalang ang estudyante ay matututo hindi sa pamamagitan ng spoonfeeding kundi sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay ng responsibilidad sa estudyante kung paano niya gagamitin ang kanyang oras at talino.

Malayo pa bago ko maabot ang level ng mga bayaning guro ng UP.

Kahapon, naideklara na bagong UP president si UP Diliman Chancellor Emerlinda Roman. Si Tita Emer ay nagtuturo pa noon sa College of Business Administration nung nag-aaral pa ako, pero sa graduate school na yata siya nuon. Masaya dahil nanaig ang integrity over political pressures, pagkatapos ng pangingialam ng Malacanang sa seleksyon ng UP president. Congrats kay Tita Emer!!!

Nalaman ko ang balitang ito kay jolography, isa ring dakilang propesor sa UP (LOL!). At dahil sa balitang hatid ni Jolography, nabasa ko ang isang sulat ni Dr. Sergio Cao, ang faculty regent, na siya ngayong nagbibigay ng inspirasyon sa akin na magpunyagi pa sa aking napiling propesyon. Sana ma-inspire din kayo.

Chancellor Emerlinda Roman is UP's First Woman President

I am sure you have heard the good news that the BOR yesterday broke the tie between Chancellor Roman and Ambassador Edgardo Espiritu by a vote of 7-5 in favor of Dr. Roman. She will be UP's first woman president!

In this last update on the search for the next UP President, I would like to share with you my statement addressed to fellow members of the Board of Regents given to them before the vote yesterday.

WHAT WE TEACH OUR STUDENTS

I am happy teaching in the University of the Philippines despite the low salary. Like me, there are many others who have made the choice to spend the best years of their lives teaching in UP helping educate and train the country's future leaders, refusing tempting opportunities outside the University.

Why do we teach? Why do we teach in the University of the Philippines? What do we teach our students? Yes, we teach them mathematics, economics, philosophy, history, biology, engineering, computer technology. But we teach them so much more...

We teach them to become responsible and productive members of society. We teach them love of country and respect for their fellowmen. We teach them to be honest especially if they become government officials, business and industry leaders, people of power and influence; and to always seek and defend the truth.

We teach them that honor and "palabra de honor" are non-negotiable; "na ang utang ay binabayaran at ang utang na loob ay hindi sinisingil."

We teach them to value friendship but that friendship sometimes must be set aside for principled decision and informed choice.

We teach them to respect and uphold the law, accepted codes and codes of conduct; that even the simple "red light" on traffic lights really means "stop."

But we teach our students our fields of expertise inside the classroom. That is the easy part. Values education, however, is more effectively done outside the classroom. So how then do we teach values?

We teach them by our examples and actions. Our students look at us for signals that determine how they transact business, how they deal with other people higher or lower than them in status, how they deal with the government and its representatives, and how to make a choice.

And today, November 22, 2004, we the UP Board of Regents, will give our students and future generations a lesson in making a choice.

We as a Search Committee agreed on a set of selection criteria to guide us in our choice for UP President. Let us therefore choose wisely and according to those criteria. Let not history say that we made a wrong choice of the UP Centennial President. Of the two nominees, let us choose the one whose academic experience and personal integrity will lift UP to higher grounds, whose Presidency will be good for the University and its future.

I close with a paraphrase of the Prophet Joshua in the Old Testament:

"Choose ye therefore today whose interest you will serve. As for me and my house, we will serve the best interest of the University of the Philippines."(Joshua 24:15, paraphrased)



Signed: Sergio S. Cao, Faculty Regent, Nov. 22, 2004


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sino'ng dakila? Sino ang TNB?

--psychicpants

Lhai Cruz said...

I'm reading your old posts. You are an inspiration to me. I hope you continue writing!