Happy Teachers Day – Part 2.

by Patrick Liew on September 2, 2013

I remember this incident as if I was still there. And it happened a long time ago.

I was 14 at that point in time.

Our class was looking forward to learning about Chapter 7 in the Biology textbook from the teacher.

The lesson – Sexual Reproduction.

Mr. Tee Kok Liong, our Biology teacher was a good teacher. I would never forget him for the rest of my life.

He had a goatee – hardly smiled – and was very serious about covering the details in the textbook.

The fateful day came.

Mr. Tee walked into the class.

He wrote on the chalkboard, ‘Chapter 7, Sexual Reproduction.’

All the students were holding their breath. You could almost hear a leaf dropped from the trees outside the class.

Mr. Tee turned to face the class. Some of the students were swallowing their saliva.    🙂

“Class, I’m sure you know how to read. Please read Chapter 7 on your own.

“I will be covering Chapter 8 today.”

Even though I still do not know anything about sexual reproduction – Lol! – I am grateful to all my teachers, including Mr Tee.

They have taught me many lessons that have put me in a good state to progress in life.

By the way, my teachers also include people like you who continue to teach me every single day of my life.

The Chinese has a saying, 一日为师,终生为父. What it means is that ‘Once you are my teacher, I owe you a debt of gratitude throughout my life and in the same way as I do to my father.’

Without teachers, there will not be other jobs. There will not be well-run companies, organizations, government, and society.

If there are no teachers, the world will virtually grind to a halt.

All of us are teachers – even if we don’t teach for a living.

Because of the teachers in our lives, we need to teach others so that we can improve and turn the world into a better home.

The best way to teach is to inspire others to learn. By doing that, we will also be inspired to learn.

One of the best outcomes is not just to teach others what they need to know, but to teach them how to learn what they want to learn.

When we are passionate about learning and we learn how to learn, we will achieve better performance and results.

These are two of the best gifts that I have received from my teachers.

Thank you.


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

By the way, I have also recorded other reflections.

Visit my Inspiration blog at http://liewinspiration.wordpress.com/

For my opinions on social affairs, please visit my Transformation blog at http://hsrpatrickliew.wordpress.com/

Please visit my website, www.patrickliew.net

Please read my reflections and continue to teach me.

Life is FUNtastic!


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