>> Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I never said enough, but I'm PROUD to be a future English teacher.
A teacher's job isn't at all easy and relaxing with less working hours and lots of holidays. I simply hate it when people assume that.
IT IS ACTUALLY NOT! We are dealing with children/teenagers who are fragile and still searching for their rightful place in the world. Dealing with one is already a big load of burden on our shoulders, imagine dealing with a whole class of different individuals. You have no idea...
One wrong move might destroy a child's future or even your own.
One right move and you'll be thankful you're not confronted or sued by the parents.
I know it seems as though we have lots of holidays. But our so called holidays isn't guaranteed. We still can be called out of the blue for courses, office work and extra school activities (which is quite often). There goes our family time and plans for the summer. Even going back after work, we are still bound to more work such as marking assignments, doing research and finishing up reports.
So you don't go around assuming that we are so frikking free.
Just the other day when I went to a function with my mom. A few of her friends asked what am I studying? When my mom said 'teaching ', they actually tried to comfort me by saying 'Ok what... at least got long holidays'. This is the same reply for about 3-4 people who find out I was going to be a teacher.
F*CK YOU, OLD FARTS!
I didn't say it wasn't OK. You simply assumed that it sux. I don't care if you're a successful businessman or a famous doctor. Just keep your judgmental stereotyping thoughts to yourself.
I guess this kind of ideas comes with being typical Chinese too. For a typical Chinese mindset, If you're a doctor or engineer, you're doing very well. If you're a businessman or accountant, it's common. If you're a teacher, you're a below average student who can't even make it to business.
Screw it. I'm extremely proud of my course and I'm extremely proud to be the only Chinese guy in my cohort.
credits to Mr.Labu for the pic
Here's something to change your stereotyping minds on the teaching line, especially my course.
First of all, it's a degree which many still assumes it's a diploma (I'm not saying there's anything wrong with diploma, but this is just to satisfy those narrow-minded dimwits)
Secondly, my course is a total of 5 and a half years (1 1/2 years foundation and 4 years degree). So those aunties and uncles, stop making hideous faces to say "Waahhhh why so long wan....teaching only what..."
Thirdly, my course is a scholarship by the government which I have to apply and go through interview and tests to qualify. So sorry to say but it is NOT easy to get in but somehow I made it. I am thus, fully sponsored by this scholarship. This includes complete free courses, free accommodation plus monthly allowances banked in to our accounts.
NO hidden charges. If there are any, it will be reimbursed back by scholarship division. My parents don't have to lift a finger or worry about my expenditure in Penang. They just have to worry when I come back to Melaka coz that's when I will spend money like water.
F.Y.I, my scholarship is worth approximately half a million. Yes.. 500k PER person (58 people) in my course - TESOL - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
It's that much because we are the first batch of the TESL program to twin with a foreign university. Mine, with Macquarie University in Sydney Australia (7th top university in Australia). My course mates and I are already official students of Macquarie, and we will be leaving to Australia on this coming February 10th. (Huhu left one month here T.T)
Our scholarship even covers the course fees there plus a list of different allowances for us to survive there for 2 years. Even before going over, we are getting allowances such as clothing allowance (RM1200) to shop for our winter wear and other stuffs. After the 2 years in Australia, we still need to complete our final year (practicum) before we are posted to schools as teachers. For all of this, we are bound to a 5 or 7 years contract (around there).
That's basically why I'm very appreciative to be in my course. My father must has rubbed off some of his principals to me, which is never to take things for granted and always aim for excellence. That's why it's a must for me to maintain at least distinctions and a minimum of 3.5 GPA at all costs. It's for personal achievement rather than for reward or punishment.
If you think the exams are easy, think again. Our assignment carries more weight than the actual final exam. However, our Australian counterpart will come down to Malaysia to discuss and vet our exam papers. There are known cases of people failing and re-failing. They have to get booted out of the course and of coz their scholarship is revoked. Additionally, they have to pay a hefty sum for the money invested in them by the government. This can amount to 100k, depends.. Thankfully and hopefully, none of these happen to my course mates.
Here's another reason why I'm proud to be a teacher. I like the look on other's faces when I tell them I'm studying to be a teacher. They simply can't believe it and laugh it out. Even one time when I was stopped by a police for not putting the P sticker, the police found out I was going to be a teacher and laughed.
I don't understand why...
Ok actually I do. I don't portray a typical image of a teacher. That's what I'm actually proud of. It's not that I want to rebel the system where teachers must have a certain kind of appearance. But I just think that the system is not effective anymore in this new generation.
My mom got this friend who comes to our house occasionally to play mahjong. She's a teacher in St.David's High School. She saw me with my earrings one day and gave me the cynical look.
"You in the teacher's college can wear that ar?", she asked.
Walao... You're a teacher, play mahjong can la? Don't bite on your own tongue leh...
Ok I didn't actually reply that. I just ignored her.
I'm just being myself without succumbing to society.
However, the best that I can do is to tone down ... since I'm going to the pre-departure briefing by the Ministry of Education this Wednesday. It's an important briefing attended by government student teachers going overseas.
This is my so called "teacher image".
I regretted getting a haircut.
After all said and done, this post is really meant to stop society's stereotypical views on teachers. Here's my stand..
1. Being a teacher is not EASY.
2. Studying to be one is not either.
3. The teaching line is not LAME. It's frikking prestigious. Even more prestigious than doctors! (don't take it personally ya doctors, just a reference).
4. You don't need to be society's nerd to be a teacher.
If you want to bombard me with the contrary, be my guest. I will be responsible to entertain questions or comments regarding any of the matter mentioned above.
Final note: Screw you people who thinks that being a teacher sucks.