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"Blessed with a burden"

March 30, 2009

its been a week since i last blogged! n i actually missed blogging! 🙂

For the past week, so many things happened!
Highlight: Batam over the weekend.

As the title goes, “blessed with a burden”. Perhaps that would be my greatest learning over the weekend.
Paradoxical as it may seemed, it has challenged my paradigm towards the word, “burden”.

This was a quote taken from the movie “Freedom Writers”.

Extracted a good summary and sypnosis of the story as follow:

“Assigned the thankless task of teaching freshman English at a gang-infested Long Beach, CA high school, a 23-year-old teacher resorts to unconventional means of breaking through to her hardened students in director Richard LaGravenese’s adaptation of Erin Gruwell‘s best-seller -The Freedom Writer’s Diaries: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them. Her students had been written off, and her chances of succeeding scoffed at, but Erin Gruwell wasn’t about to go down without a fight.
Long Beach is a place where a new war is waged with each passing day, and when the hardened students who walk those dangerous hallways sense an outsider attempting to understand their plight, their cynical resentment threatens to keep a deadly cycle in motion. Despite the initially hostile reaction she receives in the classroom, Gruwell uses the writings of Anne Frank and -Zlata’s Diary: A Child’s Life in Sarajevo to teach her students not only the basis of the English language, but compassion and tolerance as well.
Later, when the time comes to tell their own tales in a project specially designed to explore the daily violence that the majority of students have grown numb to, the barriers that had once stood so strong gradually begin to crumble. When the only chance for survival is to befriend the person who was once your mortal enemy, the world is opened to a whole new realm of possibilities.” – Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

“You are blessed with a burden”..those were the words uttered by Gruwell’s (‘Ms G’) father when he was consoling her daughter amidst a time of grief when facing a divorce..his father commended her for being a teacher and how much he envied her for the difference she has made in the lives of her students.

how would you feel if your dad were to speak those words to you?
how can a ‘burden’ be seen as a ‘blessing’?

for her students, the teacher went extra miles, many extra miles..
she truly believes in her students. what is education for? have we been ‘doing’ education for education sake? What good has it done for a person to be ‘educated’?

Ms G saw in the students’ potential for change, to be the ‘change they want to see in the world’, but the change has to start from within themselves first.

…(to be cont’d)