I have been receiving messages and calls wishing me Happy Teacher's Day. This is the annual wishes on every May 16. But I never felt comfortable or honoured to receive all the wishes.
I have my own reasons for not feeling I am a teacher.
A teacher is a person who teaches the truth. The truth which will shape the pupils' future. I am asking myself. Have I ever been teaching the truth?
Definitely NO. I didn't teach them the truth and I am hiding the truth from them. Which truth am I talking about?
I am talking about the overall truth about the system. The system which will make my pupils slaves for their lifetime.
The truth that I am one of the tools used by the system to programme them to follow instruction without fail. The truth that I am oppressing their rights to know more about their life.
The truth which will make my pupils be oppressed. Now am I a teacher or am I a trainer?
When we observe a school system, we could discover a school system is actually equivalent to a factory operation.
In a factory they have supervisors, in schools they have 'teachers'. In a factory they have management, in schools they have management, too.
In a factory when its a break time they ring the bell. In school there's no difference. Whenever there's a change of shift, they ring the bell.
Same goes to a school whenever there is a change of lesson, they ring the bell. So how am I supposed to claim I am a teacher when I am working in a school-based factory?
Why am I comparing a factory and a school? Because the capitalist system is training the children to obey this structure so that they are familiar with the instruction.
Why do pupils go to school? Is it to be literate or to study hard with high competition and get a job?
Have we ever said to a child, enough of what you have learned in school, now you may learn what is life? Never! We have always insisted that pupils study hard so that they could earn more in their living.
The higher the education, the thicker their wallet will be. I am a failed teacher because I'm producing robotz for the gain of capitalistz by discriminating against my own students.
I have read about teachers who sacrificed their entire life to fight injustice. For example, Malaya's freedom fighter Ibrahim Yaakop who organised people to fight against the British.
I adore this man's courage to fight the authorities for the betterment of the nation. Even Tan Malaka from Indonesia was a teacher in Deli, Indonesia. He saw the injustice in the tobacco plantation by the Dutch.
He set up a "people's school" to teach nationalist pride in his students. I will call them the teachers because they spent their entire lives serving the people not for wage but to fight for their rights.
Till today I have never done anything a teacher should do. I was not truthful.
I didn't organise my students to fight injustice. I didn't teach them about life at all. I even never spoke to them about the current issues in Malaysia. Not about GST, FTA, bribery, privatisation, price hike, injustice to the indigenous, racial agendas, clean and fair elections, etc.
I have only taught them A B C. Is that sufficient enough? I have followed the syllables in the curriculum.
I am well-trained but I didn't do more than that. So now, please tell me, Am I a teacher and do I deserve all the wishes and messages?
As Rosa Luxemburg said, "History is the only true teacher, the revolution the best school for the proletariat." I believe in it! And I am Not A Teacher!!!