Monday, September 18, 2006

Yvonne Promotes Reading

Ooops. Nearly missed Yvonne Lee's article about promoting a love of reading in the Star yesterday (shows how closely I read it!) - and my bookaholic self is quoted in it. (Thanks Tina for sending me back to look for the piece!)

This part inspires:
Being a teacher myself, I take it as a personal crusade to spread the love for books among my students. Thanks to various book sales or fairs, I have bought children’s books in bulk and given them as presents to students who excel in exams and as gifts for others during celebrations. ... This is just a way of giving back what I received from a teacher decades ago.
Exactly what I meant in the previous post by a love of books spreading virally through personal advocacy.

Teachers need to be right up there are number one book promoters with parents. Yvonne - your students are lucky to have you!

7 comments:

Ted Mahsun said...

Wow... if only my generation had teachers like Yvonne when we were in school. I bet more of us would be reading...

Yvonne Lee said...

Hi Sharon! What happened to you mobile..again? I actually sms-ed you at 7.30 AM to tell you they didn't yank off the url laa...

Anyway, good that you got the papers.

Yes, Ted. Like Sharon, many teachers, including yours truly try to do what we can for the future generation.

I teach music not language, but still....a teacher is first and foremost, a friend to the child, and can and should pass down whatever good traits we believe in...methink!)

BTW, I always remember one elder told me, "Pahala guru di kaki syurga"....or something to that effect...am I right? That's how big a responsibility! Betul, Cikgu Sharon?

bibliobibuli said...

ted - for sure

yvonne - of course the saying is right. raman told me a tamil saying which places teacher right up there with mother, father. we're special people! (teachers i mean)

sorry about the handphone. myself is blur. i turned it off sat pm when i went to klpac, and only turned it on again this morning. it infuriates the rest of the world, but it's kind of peaceful for me!

Xeus said...

Yvonne, you go girl! I can really attest you spend the most money at Payless books among us (besides Sharon of course.)

Anonymous said...

So Yvonne Lee is a teacher. How many full-time writers _are_ there in this country ? :)

bibliobibuli said...

how many full-time writers are there anywhere, anon? and do they necessarily write more or better??

Anonymous said...

Not a lot. I suppose if you subscribe to the nano-influenced "people who write more write better" school then it should follow that writers who have the time to write more should produce better quality work if they do. Now that would be an interesting topic -- do people who write more, write better ?