Monday, March 24, 2008

The School of Life Review

Two different speeches about education were given by two teachers from different generations but they have the same meaning; to believe in miracles is to believe that we don’t have limitations as far as knowledge is concerned. Education is not a set of rules; Mr.Norman considers it as fantasy while Mr.D describes it as fiction. Mr.Norman said: “There is one thing that even old age can’t take away, and that is the gift of teaching, the miracles that we see everyday in the eyes of those who open your minds to the world of knowledge.”
“Education is truly a hero’s journey. To go to school is like the Star Wars movie… We need to get ready to go to a battle against the evil empire, now the evil empire is not our school, our parents or even a question of a meal in a cafeteria, the evil empire is a belief, it is believing that we have limitations, you don’t.”, Said Mr.D
The film seems to compare the young teacher and the old one, the traditional and the modern methods of teaching; we get involved in Mr.Matt’s jealousy, and the open mindedness of the young man, but if we remember Mr.Norman’s sentence before his death: “ There is one thing that even old age can’t take away, and that is the gift of teaching” then this man appears in a photo with Michael as a member of the young teachers’ club, we should not understand that Mr.D is a young , cool teacher who has been so appreciated by students because he was applying new methods, we had, indeed “the privilege of knowing a young man so empowered by the spirit of knowledge that he invites miracles” as Mr.Norman wrote 15 years before.In the meantime, this young man had the privilege of being taught by this gifted teacher, and 15 years later he said: “Mr. Norman was my master, the greatest lesson he taught me was that I was my own teacher and I was my own master. And what I hope to teach to all of you is to not worry about what you are doing because it doesn’t matter, worry about who you are being.”

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