I'm sure a lot of you would have come across a teacher like this in your life at some point. You know, the one who laid down harsh laws and handed out tough love. I had someone like this , too- this teacher spewed so many often almost unreasonable rules that we had to follow that it made it hard to like her sometimes. It didn't help that a part of her tough love principle includes assessing our exam papers so strictly and picking on the tiniest of mistakes that most students ended up failing most of the time under her. But I did come around to seeing her wisdom later on, and needless to say am thankful for it.
I started off disliking the philosopher. A lot. Simply because of a clash of ideology. But as time went by I did adapt to it and found some of it entertaining. Take for example the argument that being a corrupt person might just save you a lot of trouble; you wouldn't have to work hard to enjoy the finest things in life.
This teacher didn't have a huge impact on my growth as a person, simply because my most formative years were already behind me when we met, but she definitely was a huge influence on me when I was deciding on my career path. To put it simply, her experience and knowledge was so insightful that it allowed me to finally decide to take up a public relations degree.
I was originally very hesitant about including this teacher. After all, she was the one who had basically humiliated me in front of a crowd many times over menial thing and I had already decided that she's someone not worth my attention but I thought she was an interesting character to add in. You know how there's the 'girls are neat and trustworthy, boys are rascals' stereotype? Well, the sexist was always a champion of this principle. And nothing was more satisfying than scoring the highest mark in her subject. Consistently. Without the need to attend extra classes.
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I will always admire this teacher for her book and street smarts- it's a combination not many people have. But she always seemed to juggle being an educator and businesswoman well. I used to try to estimate her income and was definitely impressed. Of course, it's hard work but it definitely pays off.
Most people who know me well would know that I love stories. No matter what situation I'm in, stories always fascinate me. I will always remember this particular teacher for her unconventional methods of imparting knowledge- classes would always be alternated between sitting on our chairs by our desk and sitting on the floor while she sat on a chair and told us stories... or have discussions about things that kids talk about. Needless to say, I did very well academically that year. Through all these years I have always been thankful and proud of my achievements, and have always attributed it to The Storyteller. The biggest reward for me was that after many years, she still remembered which classroom she was in when she taught me!
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