Touching lives?

Today, one of my former students approached me to thank me for encouraging him to apply for the in-house Humanities Award – although he didn’t get it, he’s been awarded the MOE Humanities Scholarship, which is still pretty sweet.

The reason I’d told him to go for it was pretty simple – he’s one of those perfect-score types, but during one of the Parent-Teacher Meetings his mother shared that she had actively dissuaded him from offering Literature at the upper secondary level, although that was actually his interest. The Humanities programme seemed to be a good solution to that, combining the prestige his parents were concerned about with a good exposure to Literature, so it seemed only logical for me to just encourage him to consider that path.

It was really a simple act, but it resulted in a situation that he’s (at least for now) pretty happy with, and acted as a sobering reminder that the things I do can indeed make a difference.

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Posted on March 7, 2012, in teaching. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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