Not many people like a long needle inserting into you body, let alone if you don’t know the reason of doing so.
When I was a kid, I did not even have a choice whether I would take vaccination or not (I remember it was a school obligation). And I was totally fine with that (except the very moment of the needle).
About a month ago, the outbreak of the measles begun at Disneyland and has since spread to 14 states in the U.S.
And the tricky part is that there is a way to prevent from spreading (vaccination), but there are many parents not a favor of vaccination (up to 20% of parents depending on the state).
When it comes to the measles, this disease could kill about 1 in every 1,000 people infected (0.1%), not so high, but still it’s something. I know that everyone is different, and some parents don’t want their kids vaccinated (right to freedom). But what about their kids? Are they informed well enough about taking a risk without vaccination?
Most of those who can read this have had some kind of education (schools and teachers).
But I guess what most people did not have was the following:
A teacher with a firearm in a classroom.
♪Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes,
♪How do you measure, measure a year?
（ “seasons of Love” from the musical Rent ）
With just 3 days to go to finish this year, this song came to my mind, which got me thinking “How do I measure a year?”. Travelling, job, meeting people, there are several ways of doing so, but how about learning?
Whenever I had a teacher-parent meeting as a school teacher, I unconsciously expected two persons (a man and a woman) to knock the classroom’s door, and each case met the expectation. However, had it not been the case, like the one in which two men come in, I would have been surprised because of my prejudice toward a parent (a father and a mother).
In Chile, there is an interesting initiative in order to tackle that prejudice. That experiment is to provide schools and libraries a book called “Nicolas has two fathers (Nicolás tiene dos papás) which talks about one preschool kid who has two fathers. And what’s interesting to me is that in Chile―the country which has one of the highest inequality rate and a large catholic population (which tends to be against homosexuality)― this initiative has opened up a big debate.
There is a profession which can have a major impact to everyone in the world, but unfortunately, in most countries it is not rewarded well enough. Furthermore, ironically, we need much more trained people for that profession. I guess most of those who can read this had at least one.
Yes, that’s a teacher job.
Oct 5th was World teacher’s day, and Oct 16th was Chilean National teacher’s day. Both day aim at celebrating teachers’ hard work and raising awareness of the importance of the role played by teachers.
Is teachers’ hard work worth celebrating? Absolutely yes.
Then are they getting the enough treatment? In most cases, no.
I can’t help……writing about this news: Nobel peace prize 2014 was awarded to Malala from Pakistan! And what’s more interesting is that she is sharing this with Indian child’s right activist, Kailash Satyarthi.
Conflicts in Gaza, Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, etc…many civilian (including kids) are being deprived of their rights and lives. And I share this feeling with the majority of the people in the world: “Please stop it!”
This was further strengthened by reading a book about the right of education “I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban” (Malala Yousafzai, 2013).
Even though I wrote several times about her on my previous entries, this book gave me more insights on how and why she became such an international icon on girl’s education (in other words, I didn’t know the detail). Through this work, I also learned a little bit about the Islamic values which has something to do with many conflicts occurring over time.