Driving around the city one day, I saw a sign to one of the schools here – Auckland Normal Intermediate School. It made me recall the countless number of times I’ve passed by Philippine Normal College in Taft Avenue when I was still working in Intramuros. Back then everytime I passed by the PNC campus I can’t help make prying glances towards their students. Inaalam ko kasi kung gaano nga sila ka-“normal”. Hangga ngayon hindi ko pa rin alam kung ano meron ang isang “normal” school. Bawal bang pumasok sa PNC ang mga may sayad sa utak o may disability?
Paki-explain naman kung ano ang Normal school. Tagal ko nang gustong itanong ito eh. Minsan kasi may mga ordinaryong bagay na hindi natin naiiintindihan at nahihiya tayong magtanong dahil baka tayo pagtawanan. Halimbawa yung school na Don Bosco (my HS alma mater, btw), ang akala ng marami pangalan ito ng isang mayamang Don. Actually “Don” stands for “Father”. Don Bosco was founded by St. John Bosco, an Italian priest who also founded the Salesian Order of priesthood.
Incidentally, nung high school ako, muntik-muntik na akong pumasok sa pagpapari. But that’s another story for another day. For today, what I’ld really like to say is that there is no shame in admiting that you don’t know something. Kahit nung nagtuturo ako sa college I was never afraid to say “sorry class I don’t know” (sundan ng “that’s your homework, find the answer to your question” hehe). But seriously, in life it's impossible to know everything. And we should not pretend to know everything either. Ika nga ni Grasshopper: “seek not to know all the answers but to understand the questions.”