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Finding f(x): Why I teach for the Philippines | Delfin Villafuerte | TEDxXavierSchool

Finding f(x): Why I teach for the Philippines | Delfin Villafuerte | TEDxXavierSchool
I'm gonna try something I'll say class and you will answer with yes but you have to answer with yes the way I say class okay let's try it class class class okay it still works for all ages okay so good morning my name again is doesn't video for it there and as you may know I am a public school

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er when people find out I'm a public school

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er they always ask me that question why why do you

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and it's common for us

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ers in the public school exactly to hear
finding f x why i teach for the philippines delfin villafuerte tedxxavierschool
the question why just

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back at night due to low alarm when people ask me that question I answer one simple sentence and that simple sentence is the hell mahalik on a Clemenza I

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because I love this country pause for impact but really the story was way beyond that let's go back to my third year in college when I was in semester break when I was in San breakin Ateneo I attended this what we call the Ateneo student leaders assembly or as long as law was a five-day four-night training
seminar and I entered thinking it was one of those usual you do an activity you ask questions then you gain insight I did not expect where the big time speakers such as Sabine on Kiko's also over Bisco

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er and no pasa and Maria essa who really showed me how beautiful our country is this is my very inspiring batch and if you can't see me that's me there in the red circle one of the activities in a flaw was we were to go to an immersion site we were to choose between four different
sites a business health environmental education site people who knew me would think I would choose the business side but during that time I thought I want to try the education side so I did what we did then was in Antipolo we walked over the mountains across a drawbridge one and a half hour hike to a public school I felt many things then first I was bothered I was Restless I was thinking i'm coppin on waka ama gotta climb on american 730 classes every day I'm poppin Omaha , Greg lamb who
I have to walk from building a to building B when you have kids who wake up at 5 o'clock everyday in the morning to walk one and a half hours to this very underwhelming public school I felt really really disturbed right after that I went on to bad with another organization called Ateneo code and we have what we call the DEP @n LTS geo it's a training of training program for student officers nationwide now the thing is we were to facilitate around a thousand students competing with all of
the noise without sleep without breakfast without a voice it was very very tiring but very very fulfilling and the problem was during this time if I were to complete the entire five days I had to cut my first day of class and I'm a nerd as you may have heard I don't cut class not even PE not even introduction to Ateneo culture I never cut class and this very seemingly hashtag first world problems problem was what I was thinking of am I willing to cut class for the first time in my life
and I thought to myself how ironic is it that I am

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ing students what it means to be a good Filipino what it means to be a good leader what it means to be a good citizen when I myself could not give up one day to stay and

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children these two activities made me realize two things the number one I love this country and that number two I loved working with young people and I loved

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ing when

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for the

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came out in my senior year I knew that this was the opportunity that
was waiting for me before first day of class of course I would type those long Facebook statuses where you reflect about stuff and I was thinking I am NOT an education major I'm not even sure if I made the right choice you were the first batch there's no proof of survival I'm not even sure if after two years full my students be better after then I realized that really one thing that matters is that we tried and that in trying we already succeed so try because you know that there are
finding f x why i teach for the philippines delfin villafuerte tedxxavierschool
many things that need to be changed but what have you done about it this is my school it suggests best Gennaro's Elementary School and where five fellows in my school and the first week of class was pretty crazy just like in swimming when you have to jump in the pool to learn how to swim

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ing is the same thing you don't sit down in a class and think about strategies of how to

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you don't just sit and make lesson plans you have to jump in the classroom of 60 kids running
around try to kill each other and learn how to

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and we're all sick to the point that some fellows or even the hospital after the first week of class and you realize that

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ing is a job that is not just something that you can do if you just want it to be it's a vocation in a sense that there are three things you have to intersect first is that it has to be your skill you have to be good at it second is that it has to be a world need does the world need your job and the third which
is the most important for me it has to be something that you love when you intersect these three things you will find revocation something that you're good at something the world needs and something you love doing super so something that you enjoy because really you only have one life to live and don't waste your life by not doing something you enjoy I asked my students in the first week of class what do you want to be when you grow up the answers were typical with the humbugging son
dialogue we sobbing ballerina Gustav humbugging engineer was awful mugging a Bogart was a combating doctor one of my students said chair Gustavo mugging deliveryman Armando then I thought to myself I entered the public school system thinking I want my students to dream bigger I want to tell them that hey you're dreaming wrong there are bigger things out there when this kid told me the Kusaka back in delivery monomakh though I thought to myself maybe that is not my role as a

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er Who am I
to tell you that you are dreaming small Who am I to tell you that you are dreaming the wrong dreams when he told me to stop imagining delivery man Amador sabi ko Saranya sigue looking delivery man canoe knock door pero Gustavo Magan Sobran Killington delivery man Irma Bombeck no Gustavo a comeback it delivers I think I said not hard anymore our jobs as

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ers is not to tell her children to dream bigger really but to make these dreams more real for them that they can do it so aspire because we
all have our own ambitions and really our own ambitions should fuel us to reach whatever you want to do because ultimately is this idea this dream that will change the world and when you talk about the world change what is there to change and I believe our generation is a coolest generation primarily because maybe we are fighting over a weird obscure and ambiguous kind of freedom our grandparents had to fight for freedom from our colonizers our parents maybe from martial law what our generation
what are we fighting for maybe we're fighting for freedom against injustice oppression poverty and equality and we know up there are many things that need to be changed but what do we do my answer is simple the daunting task of changing the world revolves around the pieces we give of ourselves to others and all we have to do is to choose Amelie Amelie opening began Amelie at Makaha Emilia tongue came in because it does not really matter what job you choose to do or where you choose to work
finding f x why i teach for the philippines delfin villafuerte tedxxavierschool
but it's really how you do your job it's not about where you go but how you do wherever you go you can be adopt or you can be a lawyer you can work for the government as long as you choose to commit to do good people often ask me is it worth it is it worth it despite your job opportunities outside is it worth it to

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in a public school for two years let me show you one simple story this my student his name is Casey great question he's my favorite student but it's a secret
love debate on your video Sonya he's my favorite student he was grade 3 normal age 9 years old he entered as a non-reader he couldn't write his name correctly he would just tend to memorize words together he is also my picasa gotcha you know cool aha so major made me pack a boolean which is most likely the reason why he compensates because he is a non-reader I thought to myself I had to do something about this student I don't want him to leave the great three without any improvement
at all so I told him to get Casey the link I began was he Andre when the tires at the nail I didn't attend a on the afternoons I

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autistic and I told them let's meet in the classroom at two o'clock so two o'clock by one o'clock they were already in the classroom waiting outside because the gate put the monetize of the classroom hinton ma√Īana en coche and inside they were already scribbling the words Ateneo on the blackboards who cleared they're very very much
excited to get there in college we have immersions and immersions who typically lead us to high need areas IP communities for these students going to attend a was like an immersion for them casey was even carsick and on the verge of vomiting on the way to Ateneo and I was really really tired I mean after six hours of screaming at children and yet

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for one and half hours and afternoon how could you not be tired pero no well I empowered Koenig Lila had the keys yet she andresa get Nana at the
Megan appearances are you hurry in and dad no male empowered con una casa da atomic boasts an app of a bargain arming blue oval now allied empowered Gooden who mean to see cases a chess room cuz in the glare Lou pollution and chase no an iron pagoda nominee Benghazi Lhasa alley MATLAB economy swimming pool now while I unpack would gone and aloo silymarin coming rifle varsity team at the merlion park Woodcock I may put a Samba Panama Nikita's a key for Vanessa Blue Eagle gym they sat in my
statistics class and they did pretend to take notes so they really before class started I said she gave a bikini India not a new bell at am our whiteboard markers copper decay mock drawings a blackboard and here I have this non reader who struggled to blend each and every letter to write these words on my white word Megara lock was Ateneo that evening I had two objectives to instill in KC that number one I want and number two I can because I can go in kayak and go in when he wrote this on the
black where I thought to myself I had I want done I had to do something about the I can before we left I showed caseous report card his report kid was black and he only had the one grade values class with a grade of eighty and I showed him his card he is he doing a report card more babette sitting in more blanco you manga report card more I say my English up a chair and economic Anoka unique easy matter to take in more blankly report card more chemical literature did among gonna nail bad Tama
block a report card and he was quiet Casey a llama boy exhibition a Blanco a report card he see but grandpa a report card a big to be in Hindi uma boots pasado KC Mitali Nova Bambaataa Casey Mitali Nova Bambaataa he shook his head synonyms observing the comet Elenin beta aperture but when I'm gonna sobbing in the comet Elenin beta mannahatta from the legacy tree Casey mechanicus is a being go a to walk in the lagoon cackling what Adam has to be in Caesarea Natalie no Khambatta welcome Mike
he makes it even at our epoxy not vinyl on Hindi comet Elenin cos I'm Italian no compacta the Nino aliquot that manual occur in the metallic no hum Vata an at that moment Cleese he cried he cried the most painful and cathartic I have ever heard in my entire life if anything it is not I who gave Casey hope see Casey animal begins action of PAGASA and if you think Casey story is very inspiring wait until you hear the stories of all the other fellows and all of the other hundreds of thousands
of public school

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ers in this country so hope because now is the best time to be a Filipino and everything we do for our country is worth it in math we often talk about f of X by the ear on Oh and we're very very obsessed with

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that X what is the X that will give me that answer when you think about it the words function make sense what X will make us function and we try to find that answer we will actually not end up with an answer but we actually end up with another question why
why why do we do things if you asked me two years ago why do I

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for the

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I'd say I

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because I love my country but if you ask me again now why do you

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for the

Philippines

I

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because of students like Casey I found my f of X and that X was to

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and hopefully before I end I'd want all of you to

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as well not necessarily join the public school system although that would be great and you can apply but to

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in the sense that you will also try enjoy
aspire choose and hope for the

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because you only have one beautiful country to love so let us all

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for the

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thank you very much