Socrates Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel

Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.

- Socrates -
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Quoting Robert Frost, “I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” I believe that as much as we may want to teach someone something or to simply impart knowledge, there is no way we can force it onto the person if he or she is unwilling to learn. What we can only hope to achieve is to kindle a flame from within the person for learning. The video beautiful illustrated the best gift we can give to children as a parent. What touched me deeply were the lines from the video,

I’m happy to see her learn from experience and solve problems on her own. Someday when I’m not around, I know that she will be just fine.

What do you hope to leave for your children when you are not around?

World Vision water - Zambia Project

Could you imagine every morning your children have to get up before the sun and walk two miles to get drinking water for your family everyday? That is the routine for many children in Zambia three times a day. And many of them dreams of going to school. Seeing the smiles on them getting clean water for the first time is priceless and I would add on humbling. I am grateful for clean water with the turn of faucet. Read more… »

Albert Einstein I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious

I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.

- Albert Einstein -
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I believe that Einstein had been more than passionately curious as he said. In one of his other quotes, he humbly said, “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” According to Wikipedia, “Einstein published more than 300 scientific works and more than 150 non-scientific works.” It was no surprise that he was named ‘Person of the Century’ in 1999 Time magazine and his name is synonymous with genius. What do you think contributed to his phenomenal success? I personally feel that curiosity and a focus unwavering mind, coupled with a lot of hard work were the foundation to his success. Read more… »

It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.

It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.

- Mother Teresa -
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Whenever I get a dollar coin for my change in purchases, I would put it into a piggy bank. This would be sent to a friend around Christmas every year to be pooled together with her own money; the money would then be used to buy gifts for less fortunate children near where she stayed. Last year, instead of buying gift for less fortunate children, we used the money to reach out to people who were affected by Typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban City. Read more… »